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The Aegean Bronze age
Dickinson, O. T. P. K. (Oliver Thomas Pilkington Kirwan)
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Physical Description:
xxii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.

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DF220 .D49 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Oliver Dickinson has written a scholarly, accessible and up-to-date introduction to the prehistoric civilizations of Greece. The Aegean Bronze Age saw the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The cultural history of the region emerges through a series of thematic chapters that treat settlement, economy, crafts, exchange and foreign contact, and religion and burial customs. Students and teachers will welcome this book, but it will also provide the ideal companion for amateur archaeologists visiting the Aegean.

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Dickinson's balanced and sensible book fills the need for a general treatment of the Aegean Bronze Age that takes into account new findings and advances in archaeological theory. Arranged topically, the book covers terminology and chronology; natural environment and resources; first human populations; settlement and economy; arts and crafts (including pottery, nonceramic vessels, furniture, architecture, frescoes, figures, jewelry and other ornaments, seals, writing, weapons, and armor); burial customs; trade, exchange, and overseas contacts; and religion. A brief historical overview concludes the volume. Within each topical section, the discussion is arranged chronologically and by area (Crete, Cyclades, and mainland). The topical approach allows for discussion of all aspects of society, but it decontextualizes the artifacts and does not present a picture of life in any area at any time. Dickinson (Univ. of Durham, UK) is clear, sound on details, and up on new findings, and he does not display idiosyncracies or rancor, even when discussing hotly debated issues. Excellent plans, drawings, and bibliography. This book is excellent for nonspecialists and undergraduate students (although not as an introductory text), and it is a useful reference for scholars. An absolute must for all libraries--if limited to only one book on the Bronze Age cultures of Greece, it should be this one.

Table of Contents

1 Terminology and chronology
2 The natural environment and resources
3 The first human populations
4 Settlement and economy
5 Arts and crafts
6 Burial customs
7 Trade, exchange, and overseas contact
8 Religion
9 Conclusions.