Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared (Hardback)
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Short Description for Organizing Bronze Age Societies In-depth, comparative study of household economy and settlement in three Bronze Age micro-regions: the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Northern Europe.
- Published: 30 September 2010
- Format: Hardback 328 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521764667 ISBN 10: 0521764661
Full description for Organizing Bronze Age Societies
The Bronze Age was a formative period in European history when the organisation of landscapes, settlements, and economy reached a new level of complexity. This book presents the first in-depth, comparative study of household economy and settlement in three micro-regions: the Mediterranean (Sicily), Central Europe (Hungary), and Northern Europe (South Scandinavia). The results are based on ten years of fieldwork in a similar method of documentation, and scientific analyses were used in each of the regional studies, making controlled comparisons possible. The new evidence demonstrates how differences in settlement organisation and household economies were counterbalanced by similarities in the organised use of the landscape in an economy dominated by the herding of large flocks of sheep and cattle. This book's innovative theoretical and methodological approaches will be of relevance to all researchers of landscape and settlement history.