[Reading Before Civilization The Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe] Ebook By Colin Renfrew
Tudent of the field that is neither an expert nor a ayperson I found the writing clear and the presentation neither an expert nor a Six Days in Leningrad layperson I found the writing clear and the presentation ideas easy to follow The radiocarbon stuff was OK But I m just glad I chose to read this at work where I don t have the temptation or opportunity to sleep In the beginningots of things were going on about which we can guess The Darkness like eating or drinking falling in and out of relationships and things that we can know about because their physical remainsoom Flyboy like Silbury Hill over theandscape in places mysterious stone tools were found All of this was very mysterious to mysterious stone tools were found All of this was very mysterious to ancestors they were familiar with the Greeks and the Romans but if Stonehenge wasn t a ROMAN TEMPLE THEN WHO HAD BUILT temple then who had built Such uestions seem to have bothered people for a while even in the 12th century Geoffrey of Monmouth suggested that Stonehenge was the work of Merlin who had moved it to England from Ireland while this was maybe a reasonable working hypothesis one can t help noticing that it didn t resolve the basic uestion it just shifted it geographically view spoiler not that this book is about Stonehenge but it is just conveniently well known also in the era of Brexit I feel I need to do my bit for ueen and Country by encouraging tourism hide spoiler It was okay An exceptional seminal work of archaeology A A Dark Sicilian Secret lovely introduction to prehistory and a valued insight on radiocarbon dating. Eties The glaring inconsistencies in the old theory are re examined and Professor Renfrew shows convincingly how the baffling monuments of prehistoric Europeike Stonehenge could have been built without recourse to help from the ' civilized' Near East.
characters Before Civilization The Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric EuropeThe ideal reader for this book "would have been an undergraduate about to embark on graduate study in archaeology 45 years ago "have been an undergraduate about to embark on graduate study in archaeology 45 years ago the reader today will still find a fascinating record of a moment
*when the study *the study prehistoric Europe moved away from a model that had dominated the field in the first half of the twentieth century Renfrew repeatedly cites V Gordon Childe s Dawn of European Civilization as the classic statement of the moderate diffusionist model That model held that all technological innovation originated in Egypt and the Middle East and spread from there either through migration or at the very Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek least by diffusionThis model began to wobble with the advent of radiocarbon dating When radiocarbon dates were supplemented by dendrochronology analysis of tree rings dates of artifacts and monuments throughout Europe turned out to be much older than previously assumed Renfrew s book appeared at a time when this revolution in dating had come about but when the uestion of which new model might take the place of the diffusion model was still openThat s why a student in the 1970s would have found this book a usefuleg up not only in exam preparation but importantly in being exposed to possible topics for his or her own graduate research Any new model would continue to start with the remains in the field and here Renfrew certifies Childe s continued value as model would continue to start with the remains in the field and here Renfrew certifies Childe s continued value as paragon. The refinement of radiocarbon dating using the information form tree ring counts has raised serious doubts about the accepted theoretical frameowkr of European prehistory Monuments in Central and Western Europe have proved to be considerably older than. Of comprehensive knowledge of the sites and
a careful documenter of their strata Researchers coming along could aspire to emulate such careful excavation incareful documenter of their strata Researchers coming along could aspire to emulate such careful excavation in through the use of improved methods do an even better job One danger Renfrew hopes they will avoid however is to simply collect and sort artifacts as if data will somehow yield a coherent pictureInstead Renfrew sees the future of the study of prehistory drawing on studies of population density and growth of pre market exchange of goods and of social organization Theorizing about these matters can make cautious use of ethnographic parallels pre industrial cultures of the recent past The spread of ideas from neighboring industrial cultures of the recent past The spread of ideas from neighboring even distant cultures diffusion is not ruled out but can no Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography longer be invoked as a convenient explanation for every advance especially in the absence of any material evidence And even when diffusion might have occurred one is stilleft with the uestion of why an innovation was adopted neolithic cultures are conservative Nor is a change in the mix of artifacts in a stratum automatically taken as evidence of migrationAnyone At the Italians Command looking to uickly get up to speed on the current state of research into prehistoric Europe can bypass this book Someoneike me who enjoys watching changes in scientific thought take place might however find it worthwhile reading Keeping in mind that the ideal reader was a Their supposed Near Eastern forerunners and the record must be almost completely rewritten in the ight of these new dates Before Civilsation is a record must be almost completely rewritten in the ight of these new dates Before Civilsation is a attempt to do this with the help of analogies from recent and well documented primitive soci.