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Eventful Archaeologies
New Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record
Eventful Archaeologies
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Douglas J. Bolender - Editor
SUNY Series, The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 255 pages
Release Date: September 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3423-5
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3423-0

Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 255 pages
Release Date: September 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3422-7
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3422-3

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Electronic - 255 pages
Release Date: September 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3424-3
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3424-7

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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.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Toward an Eventful Archaeology
Douglas J. Bolender

Part I. Eventful Prehistories

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

Part II. 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


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