Encyclopedia of Prehistory

Volume 4: Europe

  • Peter N. Peregrine
  • Melvin Ember

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xxxi
  2. Elena Kuzmina
    Pages 1-21
  3. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 22-23
  4. Xavier Clop Garcia
    Pages 24-31
  5. Philip Kohl
    Pages 32-37
  6. Tamaz Kiguradze
    Pages 38-54
  7. Tamaz Kiguradze
    Pages 55-76
  8. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 77-78
  9. Timothy Taylor
    Pages 79-90
  10. Alice M. Haeussler
    Pages 91-123
  11. Natalia Shishlina
    Pages 124-138
  12. Haskel J. Greenfield
    Pages 139-156
  13. Katina Lillios
    Pages 157-184
  14. William K. Barnett
    Pages 185-188
  15. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 189-190
  16. Sarunas Milisauskas
    Pages 191-197
  17. James Enloe
    Pages 198-209
  18. Timothy Taylor
    Pages 210-221
  19. Peter Peregrine
    Pages 222-223
  20. Sarah Milliken
    Pages 224-235

About this book


The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents also defined by a somewhat different set of an attempt to provide basic information sociocultural characteristics than are eth­ on all archaeologically known cultures, nological cultures. Major traditions are covering the entire globe and the entire defined based on common subsistence prehistory of humankind. It is designed as practices, sociopolitical organization, and a tool to assist in doing comparative material industries, but language, ideology, research on the peoples of the past. Most and kinship ties play little or no part in of the entries are written by the world's their definition because they are virtually foremost experts on the particular areas unrecoverable from archaeological con­ and time periods. texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and The Encyclopedia is organized accord­ kinship ties are central to defining ethno­ ing to major traditions. A major tradition logical cultures. is defined as a group of populations sharing There are three types of entries in the similar subsistence practices, technology, Encyclopedia: the major tradition entry, and forms of sociopolitical organization, the regional subtradition entry, and the which are spatially contiguous over a rela­ site entry. Each contains different types of tively large area and which endure tempo­ information, and each is intended to be rally for a relatively long period. Minimal used in a different way.


bronze age copper age iron age mesolithic prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Peregrine
    • 1
  • Melvin Ember
    • 2
  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA
  2. 2.Human Relations Area Files/Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Human Relations Area Files, Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7131-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1187-8
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