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Europe Before Rome

Werner Herzog's 2011 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the painted caves at Chauvet, France brought a glimpse of Europe's extraordinary prehistory to a popular audience. But paleolithic cave paintings, stunning as they are, form just a part a story that begins with the arrival of the first humans to Europe 1.3 million years ago and culminates in the achievements of Greece and Rome. In Europe before Rome, T. Douglas Price takes readers on a guided tour through dozens of the most important prehistoric sites on the continent, from very recent discoveries to some of the most famous and puzzling places in the world, like Chauvet, Stonehenge, and Knossos. This volume focuses on more than 60 sites, organized chronologically according to their archaeological time period and accompanied by 200 illustrations, including color photographs, maps, and drawings. Our understanding of prehistoric European archaeology has been almost completely rewritten in the last 25 years with a series of major findi
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Table of Contents

Preface ; Chapter 1. Frameworks for Europe's Past ; Geography and Environment ; Geology ; Raw Materials ; Past Climates ; Time and Chronology ; A Very Short History of European Archaeology ; Chapter 2. The First Europeans ; Early Europeans ; Atapuerca, Spain, 1,300,000 year ago ; Boxgrove, England, UK, 500,000 years ago ; Schoningen, Germany, 400,000 years ago ; Neanderthals ; Krapina, Croatia,130,000 years ago ; Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, Germany, 55,000 years ago ; El Sidron, Spain, 43,000 years ago ; Grotte du Renne, France, 40,000 years ago ; Vindija Cave, Croatia, 34,000 years ago ; Ancient DNA ; Neanderthal Diet ; Some Reflections ; Chapter 3. The Creative Explosion ; Origin and Spread of Modern Humans ; The Upper Paleolithic ; Pestera cu Oase, Romania, 40,000 years ago ; Grotte Chauvet, France, 32,000 years ago ; Grande Grotte, France, 32,000 years ago ; Dolni V?stonice, Czech Republic, 27,500 years ago ; Grotte de la Vache, France, 14,000 years ago ; Gonnersdorf, Germany, 11,500 years ago ; Pincevent, France, 12,000 years ago ; Doggerland, North Sea, 11,000 BC ; The Last Hunters ; Franchthi Cave, Greece, 9000 BC ; Mount Sandel, Ireland, 7000 BC ; Moita do Sebastaio, Portugal, 6000 BC ; Polderveg, Netherlands, 5500 BC ; Tybrind Vig, Denmark, 5000 BC ; Vedbaek, Denmark, 5000 BC ; Rock Art: Vingen, Norway, 5000 BC ; Some Reflections ; Chapter 4. The First Farmers ; The Origins and Spread of Agriculture ; Shillourokambos, Cyprus, 8200 BC ; Nea Nikomedeia, Greece, 6200 BC ; Lepenski Vir, Serbia, 6200 BC ; Vinca, Serbia, 5500 BC ; Rudna Glava, Serbia, 5000 BC ; Varna, Bulgaria, 4500 BC ; Passo di Corvo, Italy, 6000 BC ; Linearbandkeramik ; Vaihingen, Germany, 5300 BC ; Polished Flint Axes ; Spiennes, Belgium, 4400 BC ; La Draga, Spain, 5000 BCArbon Bleich, Switzerland, 3384 BC ; Otzi, Italy, 3300 BC ; The Megaliths of Western Europe ; Skara Brae, Orkney Islands, UK, 3200 BC ; Stonehenge, UK, 3100 BC ; Newgrange, Ireland, 3100 BC ; Los Millares, Spain, 3200 BC ; Hal Saflieni, Malta, 3600 BC ; Rock Art: Barranco de la Valtort, Spain, 5500 BC ; Some Reflections ; Chapter 5. Bronze Age Warriors ; The Rise of Metals ; The Bronze Age in the Aegean ; Knossos, Crete, Greece, 3000 BC ; Akrotiri, Greece, 1627 BC ; Mykene, Greece, 1600 BC ; Uluburun, Turkey, 1300 BC ; The Bronze Age North of the Alps ; Bell Beaker ; Amesbury Archer, UK, 2470 BC ; The Indo-Europeans ; Croce del Papa, Italy, 2150 BC ; Poggiomarino, Italy, 1600 BC ; Nebra, Germany, 1600 BC ; Bronze Age Finds ; Sun Chariot, Denmark, 1400 BC ; Bronze Lurs, Denmark, Sweden, ca. 1000 BC ; Gold Hats, Germany, ca. 1000 BC ; Flag Fen, UK, 1350 BC ; Salcombe, UK, 1000 BC ; Rock Art: Tanum, Sweden, 1500 BC ; Some Reflections ; Chapter 6. Centers of Power, Weapons of Iron ; At the Edge of History ; The Celts ; The Germans ; The Scythians ; Making Iron ; Biskupin, Poland, 738 BC ; The Etruscans ; Necropoli della Banditaccia, Italy, 650 BC ; Hallstatt, Austria, 800 BC ; Hochdorf, Germany, 530 BC ; Vix, France 480 BC ; Danebury, UK, 550 BC ; Grauballe, Denmark, 300 BC ; Manching, Germany, 300 BC ; Gournay-sur-Aronde, France, 280 BC ; Ribemont-sur-Ancre, France, 260 BC ; Celtic Religion ; Maiden Castle, UK, 43 BC ; Some Reflections ; An Epilogue. Past and Present - Lessons from Prehistoric Europe ; Europe before Rome ; Significance ; Relevance ; Preservation ; Appreciation ; References ; Credits ; Index

About the Author

T. Douglas Price is Weinstein Professor of European Archaeology Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Images of the Past, Europe's First Farmers, and the leading introductory textbook in the discipline, Principles of Archaeology.


This beautifully illustrated guide to European prehistory explores 65 key sites and offers much for archaeological tourists and the interested reader. * Steve Barfield, The Lady *

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