Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared

Timothy Earle Kristian Kristiansen


Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared

Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared

  • Title: Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared
  • Author: Timothy Earle Kristian Kristiansen
  • ISBN: 9780521764667
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover



The Bronze Age was a formative period in European history when the organization 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 reThe Bronze Age was a formative period in European history when the organization 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 organization and household economies were counterbalanced by similarities in the organized use of the landscape in an economy dominated by the herding of large flocks of sheep and cattle The eight chapters in this book provide a new, contextualized understanding of the social and economic complexity of the Bronze Age Its innovative theoretical and methodological approaches will be of relevance to all researchers of landscape and settlement history.


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