[Before Civilization The Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe] E–pub ✓ Colin Renfrew
OK But I m just glad I chose to read this at work where I don t have the temptation or opportunity to sleep The ideal reader for this book would have been an undergraduate about to mbark on graduate study in archaeology 45 years ago But the reader today will still find a fascinating record of a moment when the study of prehistoric Europe moved away from a model that had dominated the f An xceptional seminal work of archaeology A lovely introduction to prehistory and a valued insight on radiocarbon dating. Eties The glaring inconsistencies in the old theory are re xamined and Professor Renfrew shows convincingly how the baffling monuments of prehistoric Europe like Stonehenge could have been built without recourse to help from the ' civilized' Near East.
It was okay In the beginning lots of things were going on about which we can guess like Invisible (The Curse of Avalon eating or drinking falling in and out of relationships and things that we can know about because their physical remains loom like Silbury Hill over the landscape in places mysterious stone tools were found All of this was very mysterious to our ancestors they were familiar with the Greeks and the Romans but if Stonehenge wasn t a Roman temple then who had built it Such uestions seem to have bothered people for a whilev. The refinement of radiocarbon dating using the information form tree ring counts has raised serious doubts about the accepted theoretical frameowkr of European prehistory Monuments in Central and Western Europe have proved to be considerably older than.
En in the 12th century Geoffrey of Monmouth suggested that Stonehenge was the work of Merlin who had moved it to England from Ireland while this was maybe a reasonable working hypothesis one can t help noticing that it didn t resolve the basic uestion it just shifted it geographically view spoiler not that this book is about Stonehenge but it is just conveniently well known also in the Yummy Supper era of Brexit I feel I need to do my bit for ueen and Country byncouraging tourism hide spoiler The radiocarbon stuff was. Their supposed Near Eastern forerunners and the record must be almost completely rewritten in the light of these new dates Before Civilsation is a preliminary attempt to do this with the help of analogies from recent and well documented primitive soci.