Between the 3rd and 2nd Millennia BC: Exploring Cultural Diversity and Change in Late Prehistoric Communities

Between the 3rd and 2nd Millennia BC: Exploring Cultural Diversity and Change in Late Prehistoric Communities

Susana Soares Lopes – CEAACP – Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
Sérgio Alexandre Gomes – CEAACP – Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)

” It is generally agreed that during the 3rd millennium BC (Chalcolithic) and the 2nd millennium BC (Bronze Age) complex transformations of the social dynamics within the diverse communities inhabiting the different regions of Europe occurred. This book intends to revisit such consensus by highlighting how researchers explain these transformations and differences. The volume assembles some of the contributions presented at the seminar ‘In between the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC – Which kind of turn?’ held at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in November 2018. The meeting aimed to examine different points of view on the topic, asking what archaeological evidence could be analysed to discuss the turning process. During the seminar, talks were presented about different geographical units in Western Europe. Most focussed on the Portuguese territory, however, as our original goal was not to present a synthesis on this region, we also invited researchers working in the UK, Spain and France (Lopes and Gomes 2018). In doing this, we were aiming to expand our view of the Portuguese territory, widen our insights into the turn between the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age, and to contribute to a better understanding of our possibilities of investigating the development of European Late Prehistoric cultural diversity by positioning it within a broader geographical scale. This also allowed the addition of diverse perspectives in questioning the subject and brought together colleagues working within different institutional contexts and inspired by disparate conceptual backgrounds. “
Excerto do Capítulo 1, por Susana Soares Lopes & Sérgio Alexandre Gomes

Tabela de conteúdos:

Chapter 1
Introduction: The Turning of Things
Susana Soares Lopes, Sérgio Alexandre Gomes

Chapter 2
The Northwest Iberian Peninsula Between the Late 3rd Millennium and Early 2nd Millennium BCE as a Mosaic of Cultural Identities
Ana M.S. Bettencourt

Chapter 3
On Identity and Otherness
Reshaping the Dynamics of Late Prehistoric Art Traditions in
Northern Portugal
Lara Bacelar Alves

Chapter 4
The Site of Areias Altas (Porto, Portugal): Current Knowledge of its Occupation in the first Half of the 2nd Millennium BC
Sara Luz

Chapter 5
Searching for the Turning Point to Bronze Age Societies in Southern Portugal: Topics For A Debate
Joaquina Soares

Chapter 6
‘Death in the Occident Express’: Social Breakdown in Southwestern Iberia at the End of the 3rd Millennium BC
António Carlos Valera

Chapter 7
A Slow Awakening on the Plain: The Bronze Age in the Beja Region (South Portugal)
Miguel Serra

Chapter 8
Human/Animal Interactions at the Turn of the 3rd to the 2nd Millennium BC. Zooarchaeological Data from Inner Alentejo, Portugal
Cláudia Costa

Chapter 9
Situated Knowledge and Early Bronze Age Occupation at Must Farm, Cambridgeshire
Lesley McFadyen