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The discovery of the Greek Bronze Age

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The discovery of the Greek Bronze Age by J Lesley Fitton, Published by the British Museum 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. In fine condition

The classical Greeks sought their own origins in legends of gods and heroes, but it was not until the 19th century, with the emergence of the discipline of archaeology, that the evidence of material culture could be used to form an image of the earliest societies in Greek lands. Only in the last 125 years have the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean peoples been brought to light, and an elaborate framework of dates, styles, periods and events have been constructed to enable us to understand the Aegean Bronze Age. Where have these "facts" come from, and how accurately do they actually describe a remote period from which there is no written history?To trace the progression from a blank to a complex picture this book begins with the achievements of individuals such as Heinrich Schliemann and Arthur Evans. The author then charts the consolidation and often controversial reinterpretation of their finds by succeeding generations, raising questions about how archaeological knowledge is acquired and how our changing assumptions and attitudes shape our view of the ancient past.

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Author(s):
Fitton J L
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
24x17x2cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0714112984
ISBN-13:
9780714112985
Number of pages:
212
Publisher:
British Museum
Title:
The discovery of the Greek Bronze Age

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The discovery of the Greek Bronze Age by J Lesley Fitton, Published by the British Museum 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. In fine condition

The classical Greeks sought their own origins in legends of gods and heroes, but it was not until the 19th century, with the emergence of the discipline of archaeology, that the evidence of material culture could be used to form an image of the earliest societies in Greek lands. Only in the last 125 years have the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean peoples been brought to light, and an elaborate framework of dates, styles, periods and events have been constructed to enable us to understand the Aegean Bronze Age. Where have these "facts" come from, and how accurately do they actually describe a remote period from which there is no written history?To trace the progression from a blank to a complex picture this book begins with the achievements of individuals such as Heinrich Schliemann and Arthur Evans. The author then charts the consolidation and often controversial reinterpretation of their finds by succeeding generations, raising questions about how archaeological knowledge is acquired and how our changing assumptions and attitudes shape our view of the ancient past.

Author(s):
Fitton J L
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
24x17x2cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0714112984
ISBN-13:
9780714112985
Number of pages:
212
Publisher:
British Museum
Title:
The discovery of the Greek Bronze Age

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