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The potential of events for interpreting changes in the archaeological record.
What is the role of historical events when evaluating the long-term significance of the archaeological record? Given that the event is a key mechanism for structural change, are historical transformations always eventful? And what is the relationship between specific events and other temporalities of change?
In this notable volume, in examples from the Eurasian Steppes to Spain, Iceland to New York, from across the sweep of European and North American prehistory and history, researchers explore the promise and challenges of events, and the potent intersections of history and archaeology. Of special interest is the potential to better understand moments of dramatic social transformation: from volcanic disasters to the cognitive revolution during the Palaeolithic and the first arrival of Neolithic farmers, and from the impact of Greece and Rome on European provinces to modernization in the New World.
Indispensable for historians, archaeologists, and those ethnohistorians and anthropologists working within a long-term historical framework, Eventful Archaeologies offers a more holistic and richly textured approach for comprehending cultural change.
Douglas J. Bolender is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Toward an Eventful Archaeology Douglas J. Bolender
1. Cascading Prehistoric Events: Fractalizing Prehistoric Research Ezra B. W. Zubrow
2. A Paleohistorical Approach to Upper Paleolithic Structural Changes Françoise Audouze and Boris Valentin
3. Becoming, Phenomenal Change, Event: Past and Archaeological Re-presentations Dušan Bori´c
4. Event and Short-Term Process: Times for the Early Neolithic of Southern Britain Alasdair Whittle, Alex Bayliss, and Frances Healy
5. The Neolithic Argonauts of the Western Mediterranean and Other Underdetermined Hypotheses of Colonial Encounters Pedro Díaz-del-Río
6. Eventful Archaeology, the Heuneburg Mudbrick Wall, and the Early Iron Age of Southwest Germany Bettina Arnold
Eventful Histories and Beyond
7. The Annales, Events, and the Fate of Cities John Bintliff
8. Modeling the “Amazon” Phenomenon: Colonization Events and Gender Performances Timothy Taylor
9. The Allure of the Event in Roman Provincial Archaeology Louise Revell
10. The ad 79 Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius: A Signifi cant or Insignifi cant Event? Penelope M. Allison
11. Testing Eventful Archaeologies: Eventful Archaeology and Volcanic “Disasters” John P. Grattan
12. Events, Temporalities, and Landscapes in Iceland Oscar Aldred and Gavin Lucas
13. Freedom as a Negotiated History, or an Alternative Sort of Event: The Transformation of Home, Work, and Self in Early New York Christopher N. Matthews
14. Archaeology and the Human Career: Revolutions, Transformations, Events Graeme Barker