War and Sacrifice: Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict

Editat de Tony Pollard, Iain Banks
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This volume covers conflicts from sub-Neolithic Finland to early Modern Ireland, looking at the archaeological evidence for conflict. This evidence ranges from excavation, to osteology, to artefacts, to linguistics, bringing together varying approaches to the study of conflict in the past.
Most of the papers relate to prehistory, starting with the sub-Neolithic, running through the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. There are also papers on Irish conflict archaeology, running from the sixteenth century AD to the 1916 Easter Rising.
The prehistoric papers are significant in examining the evidence forensically and trying to establish whether conflict is the best explanation for particular phenomena, while the Irish papers open the rich landscape of conflict in Ireland, with all of the possibilities for investigating conflict that can be found.
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ISBN-13: 9789004154582
ISBN-10: 9004154582
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 160 x 240 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.59 kg
Editura: Brill
Colecția Brill

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All those interested in archaeology, history, military history, sociology, etc. Universities, libraries, specialists, students, educated laymen.


Tony Pollard and Iain Banks

List of Contributors

Ian Armit, Chris Knüssel, John Robb and Rick Schulting, Warfare and Violence in Prehistoric Europe: an Introduction
Detlef Gronenborn, Climate Change and Socio-Political Crises: Some Cases from Neolithic Central Europe
Mariya Ivanova, Tells, Invasion Theories and Warfare in Fifth Millennium B.C. North-Eastern Bulgaria
Paul Logue and James O’Neill, Excavations at Bishop’s Street Without: 17th Century Conflict Archaeology in Derry City
James P. Mallory, Indo-European Warfare
Mags McCartney, Finding Fear in the Iron Age of Southern France
Roger J. Mercer, By Other Means? The Development of Warfare in the British Isles 3000 – 500 B.C.
Joerg Orschiedt and Miriam Noel Haidle, The LBK Enclosure at Herxheim: Theatre of War or Ritual Centre? References from Osteoarchaeological Investigations
Damian Shiels, The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland
Joonäs Sippila and Antti Lahelma, War as a Paradigmatic Phenomenon: Endemic Violence and the Finnish Subneolithic

Book Reviews
Tobias Capwell, From Hastings to the Mary Rose: The Great Warbow, by Matthew Strickland and Robert Hardy
Charles M. Haecker, Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare, by M. Kathryn Brown and Travis W. Stanton
Søren Tillisch and Rune Iversen, The Spoils of Victory: The North in the Shadow of the Roman Empire, by Birger Storgaard and Lone Gebauer Thomsen (eds.)


“This book demonstrates that an understanding of prehistory through archaeological research is the most fundamental approach to relating the past to the present, and that the subfield of conflict archaeology is a crucial component in illuminating the nature and intensification of organized violence in human affairs. The articles in War and Sacrifice, while restricted to European sites and perspectives, will nonetheless be significant to broader cross-cultural and global studies which examine the beginnings of violence and warfare among all human beings in all regions, as a typical but unfortunate accompaniment of the human endeavor. Barry D. Kass in Journal of Military History, Oct2007, Vol. 71/4

Notă biografică

Tony Pollard MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men In A Trench', the first battlefield archaeology TV series. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has published widely in archaeology.
Iain Banks MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division. He has worked on numerous battlefield projects in the UK and overseas and is a specialist in geophysical survey. Other research interests include the Atlantic Iron Age and post-medieval rural settlement. He has published widely on various aspects of archaeology.