Economy and Society in Prehistoric Europe

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Over the past twenty-five years Andrew Sherratt has reinterpreted the growing mass of information about the economic foundations of prehistoric Europe using concepts drawn from history and the social sciences. Sherratt's classic articles on the subject are collected together here for the first time. Written by the archaeologist and prehistorian in the first twenty years of his career, these articles not only represent Sherratt's most important work but also offer his interpretation of this work and of general developments in his field. This volume covers, for example, his studies of farming, subsistence, and prehistoric demography, and his search for a more sophisticated way of dealing with value and exchange. Throughout, the author looks back over the changing perspectives of the past few decades and considers the intellectual rhythms of recent centuries.


Sherratt identifies in his commentaries the significance of each article within the framework of the entire collection. In addition to these commentaries, Sherratt's collection includes notes throughout the text that update the reader on developments taking place in the field after the time of the article's first publication.


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"Andrew Sherratt is among the foremost authorities in European prehistory and this important volume of essays covers the whole range of his thinking.... It is a work of significance for all students of the early past of Europe."--Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Master, Jesus College, Cambridge


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"[Here are] a wide range of Sherratt's thinking, including general discussions of prehistoric social structure, detailed models of Neolithic trade systems, intriguing attempts to trace the prehistory of alcohol and narcotics use, and Sherratt's personal [answers to]. . . "What caused Neolithic megaliths?' and 'Who were the Indo-Europeans?' . . . The effort is clearly successful. The scenarios are imaginative and have impressive depth, and the evidence is clearly marshalled."--Nature

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