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The Dream on the Rock
The Dream on the Rock (December 2013)
Visions of Prehistory
Fulvio Gosso - Author
Peter Webster - Author

Examines the relationship between rock art, shamanism, and the origins of human existence.

The Dream on the Rock takes an interdisciplinary approach to contextualizing and historicizing the phenomenon of shamanism from the Neolithic Age until the beginning of the Iron Age. Fulvio Gosso and Peter Webster argue that rock art and other ancient materials provide a glimpse of the fundamental role played by nonord...(Read More)
The Archaeology of Violence
The Archaeology of Violence (January 2013)
Interdisciplinary Approaches
Sarah Ralph - Editor

Interdisciplinary study of the role of violence in the Mediterranean and Europe.

The Archaeology of Violence is an interdisciplinary consideration of the role of violence in social-cultural and sociopolitical contexts. The volume draws on the work of archaeologists, anthropologists, classicists, and art historians, all of whom have an interest in understanding the role of violence in their respective sp...(Read More)
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought (May 2011)
Amy Olberding - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality ...(Read More)
Eventful Archaeologies
Eventful Archaeologies (September 2010)
New Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record
Douglas J. Bolender - Editor

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?

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The Magdalenian Household
The Magdalenian Household (September 2010)
Unraveling Domesticity
Ezra B.W. Zubrow - Editor
Françoise Audouze - Editor
James G. Enloe - Editor

A comprehensive investigation of household life during the Upper Paleolithic era.

What was home and family like in Paleolithic Europe? How did mobile hunter-gatherer families live, work, and play together in the fourteenth millennium BP? What were the functional and spatial constraints and markers of their domesticity—the processes that create and sustain a household?

Despite the lon...(Read More)
Nantucket and Other Native Places
Nantucket and Other Native Places (May 2010)
The Legacy of Elizabeth Alden Little
Elizabeth S. Chilton - Editor
Mary Lynne Rainey - Editor

An indispensable, up-to-date overview of the archaeology of the Native peoples and earliest settlers of eastern Massachusetts.

The archaeology and histories of the Native peoples and earliest settlers of eastern Massachusetts come vividly to life in these pages. Leading archaeologists and anthropologists share the latest findings and interpretations on a wide range of topics, including the archaeology of the Jethro...(Read More)
Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy
Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy (March 2010)
Robert Hahn - Author

Detailed study of how Anaximander’s cosmological and philosophical conceptions were affected by architectural technologies.

Promoting a new way to study and illuminate early Greek philosophy, Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy explores archaeological resources and art historical evidence to contribute to the ongoing debates concerning the origins of philosophy. Focusing on the philosopher A...(Read More)
Archaic Societies
Archaic Societies (March 2009)
Diversity and Complexity across the Midcontinent
Thomas E. Emerson - Editor
Dale L. McElrath - Editor
Andrew C. Fortier - Editor

Essential overview of American Indian societies during the Archaic period across central North America.

Sweeping and detailed, this long-awaited volume is an indispensable guide to the Archaic period across the midcontinent. Archaeologists throughout the region share the latest excavation results and analytical perspectives to reveal and reinterpret the worlds of those Native peoples who lived there for some 9,000 ...(Read More)
Excavating Victorians
Excavating Victorians (November 2007)
Virginia Zimmerman - Author

How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.

Excavating Victorians examines nineteenth-century Britain’s reaction to the revelations about time and natural history provided by the new sciences of geology and archaeology. The Victorians faced one of the greatest paradigm shifts in history: the bottom dropped out of time, and they had to reinvent their relationship to the e...(Read More)
The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China
The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China (April 2007)
Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries
Christian de Pee - Author

A groundbreaking work that treats writing as a ritual practice and texts as ritual objects.

Approaching writing as a form of cultural practice and understanding text as an historical object, this booknot only recovers elements of the ritual practice of Middle-Period weddings, but also reassesses the relationship between texts and the Middle-Period past. Its fourfold narrative of the writing of weddings and its ...(Read More)
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