By Barry Cunliffe
While a melting Swiss glacier lately published the physique of a hunter millennia outdated, the realm sat up and took become aware of. right here, in his well-preserved arrows, instruments, and leather-based clothing (not to say his personal is still) was once an extraordinary glimpse of existence in prehistoric Europe, and it captured the general public mind's eye. in different places extra noticeable remnants of the pre-classical previous have lengthy been items of fascination: the megaliths of northwestern Europe, the palaces of Crete, the mysterious cave work of France. Now archeologist Barry Cunliffe and a staff of wonderful specialists make clear this stunning, long-silent international in a entire and lavishly illustrated account. starting from the earliest settlements throughout the emergence of Minoan civilization to the barbarian international on the finish of the Roman Empire, The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe offers a desirable examine how successive cultures tailored to the panorama of Europe. In synthesizing the various findings of archeology, the authors trap the sweeping pursuits of peoples, the unfold of agriculture, the expansion of steel operating, and the increase and fall of cultures. they supply exciting perception at the Minoan and the Mycenean previous underlying classical Greek background, and at the failures that destroyed Minoan civilization. They discover the more and more subtle societies of northern Europe, revealing unusually far-reaching exchange among diverse parts. The peoples of Bronze Age Denmark, for example, despatched amber to Germany in go back for scarce steel, whereas new applied sciences unfold commonly around the continent. The ebook maintains in the course of the finish of the Roman Empire, exploring the barbarian global past Rome's northern frontier. for hundreds of years, we knew little of the ecu civilizations that preceded classical Greece or arose outdoors of the Roman Empire, past old myths and the writings of Roman observers. Now the newest discoveries of archeology were synthesized into one fascinating quantity. that includes enormous quantities of lovely images (many in complete color), this booklet offers the main entire account on hand of the prehistory of eu civilization.