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From genesis to prehistory : the archaeological three age system and its contested reception in Denmark, Britain, and Ireland

Author: P Rowley-Conwy
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Oxford studies in the history of archaeology.
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"We are now familiar with the Three Age System, the archaeological partitioning of the past into Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. It is probably the most fundamental single 'fact' that archaeology has ever produced; it is to archaeology what Darwinian evolution is to the biological sciences: the organizing principle that enables the discipline to operate.
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Rowley-Conwy, P.
From genesis to prehistory.
Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608050298
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P Rowley-Conwy
ISBN: 9780199227747 0199227748
OCLC Number: 138339779
Description: xvii, 362 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Chronologies in conflict --
Construction of prehistory : Copenhagen to 1836 --
Three Age System as predator : Copenhagen and Lund 1836-1850 --
Disinterested gentlemen : England to 1860 --
Scotland : the creation of a nation's prehistory --
Ireland : realm of the four masters --
Fighting it through : England 1860-1880 --
Appendix 1 : Translation of Münter's proposal of 1807 --
Appendix 2 : Translation of Thomsen's letters of 1825 to J.G.G. Büsching --
Appendix 3 : Translation of Eschricht's (1837) paper on Crania --
Appendix 4 : Prichard's discussion of the Three Age System in 1841 --
Appendix 5 : Translation of Worsaae's letter of 1847 on Irish politics.
Series Title: Oxford studies in the history of archaeology.
Responsibility: Peter Rowley Conwy.
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The now familiar Three Age System, the archaeological partitioning of the past into Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, was conceived in Denmark in the 1830s. Peter Rowley-Conwy investigates the reasons  Read more...

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