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Wells, Peter S.

Works: 43 works in 190 publications in 6 languages and 6,984 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: D117, 936
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Barbarians to angels : the Dark Ages reconsidered by Peter S Wells( Book )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,344 libraries worldwide
This book is a look at the least-appreciated yet profoundly important period of European history: the so-called Dark Ages. The barbarians who destroyed the glory that was Rome demolished civilization along with it, and for the next four centuries the peasants and artisans of Europe barely held on. Random violence, mass migration, disease, and starvation were the only way of life. This is the picture of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But recent archaeological finds tell a different story. In this book the author, one of the world's leading archaeologists, surveys these discoveries from the four centuries after the fall of Rome to demonstrate that the Dark Ages were not dark at all. The kingdoms of Christendom that emerged starting with the reign of Charlemagne in the late eighth century sprang from a robust, previously little-known, European culture, albeit one that left behind few written texts. This recently recognized culture achieved heights in artistry, technology, craft production, commerce, and learning. And it was in this pivotal epoch that modern Christianity emerged
The barbarians speak : how the conquered peoples shaped Roman Europe by Peter S Wells( Book )
30 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,336 libraries worldwide
"The Barbarians Speak re-creates the story of Europe's indigenous people who were nearly stricken from historical memory even as they adopted and transformed aspects of Roman culture. The Celts and Germans inhabiting temperate Europe before the arrival of the Romans left no written record of their lives and were often dismissed as "barbarians" by the Romans who conquered them. A more accurate, sophisticated picture of the indigenous people emerges, however, from the archaeological remains of the Iron Age. Here Peter Wells brings together information that has belonged to the realm of specialists and enables the general reader to share in the excitement of rediscovering a "lost people." In so doing, he is the first to marshal material evidence in a broad-scale examination of the response by the Celts and Germans to the Roman presence in their lands."--Jacket
The battle that stopped Rome : Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the slaughter of the legions in the Teutoburg Forest by Peter S Wells( Book )
14 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 910 libraries worldwide
In A.D. 9, a traitor from the Roman military named Arminius led an army of barbarians who trapped, and then ferociously butchered, three entire Roman legions, a quarter of the Roman army stationed north of the Alps. It was a blow from which the empire never recovered. If not for that battle, the Roman Empire might have extended as far as present-day Russia. However, after this disaster, the demoralized Romans ended their efforts to push beyond the Rhine, which remains to this day the cultural border between Latin Western Europe and Germanic Central Europe. Wells describes life within the magnificent city of Rome and on the Roman frontier, puts a human face on the barbarians of lore, and leads the reader through the mud, blood and slaughter that was the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.--From publisher description
Voyage to the other world : the legacy of Sutton Hoo by Calvin B Kendall( Book )
11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 708 libraries worldwide
A fascinating exploration of pagan Anglo-Saxon culture-a world caught on the boundary between competing ideologies and contrasting social systems
Farms, villages, and cities : commerce and urban origins in late prehistoric Europe by Peter S Wells( Book )
12 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 579 libraries worldwide
How ancient Europeans saw the world : vision, patterns, and the shaping of the mind in prehistoric times by Peter S Wells( Book )
9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 457 libraries worldwide
The peoples who inhabited Europe during the two millennia before the Roman conquests had established urban centers, large-scale production of goods such as pottery and iron tools, a money economy, and elaborate rituals and ceremonies. Yet as Peter Wells argues here, the visual world of these late prehistoric communities was profoundly different from those of ancient Rome's literate civilization and today's industrialized societies. Drawing on startling new research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Wells reconstructs how the peoples of pre-Roman Europe saw the world and their place in
Culture contact and culture change : early iron age central Europe and the Mediterranean world by Peter S Wells( Book )
8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
Beyond Celts, Germans and Scythians : archaeology and identity in Iron Age Europe by Peter S Wells( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 262 libraries worldwide
Rural economy in the Early Iron Age : excavations at Hascherkeller, 1978-1981 by Peter S Wells( Book )
8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
The emergence of an iron age economy : the Mecklenburg Grave groups from Hallstatt and Stična by Peter S Wells( Book )
14 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Rome beyond its frontiers : imports, attitudes and practices by Peter S Wells( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 158 libraries worldwide
Image and response in early Europe by Peter S Wells( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 145 libraries worldwide
"Did people in the Iron Age see their bronze figurines and sculpted stones differently from the way we see them today? How can we approach the problem of determining how they saw things? How different was their experience viewing these objects in the course of their use, from ours as we look at them in museum cases or through photographs in books?" "Recent research in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology forms the theoretical basis for a new approach to understanding the visual basis of communication in early Europe. The focus is on societies from the Early Iron Age to the early medieval period in temperate Europe, at the time that traditions of writing were gradually being adopted in this part of the world. Following review of the most relevant results of new experiments and observations in those sciences, Peter S. Wells examines the visual aspects of the archaeological evidence to investigate the role that visuality - the visual quality of things - played in the expression of the self, in interaction between members of social groups, in ritual activity, and in the creation and experience of cultural landscapes."--BOOK JACKET
The Iron Age cemetery of Magdalenska gora in Slovenia by Hugh Hencken( Book )
7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
Settlement, economy, and cultural change at the end of the European Iron Age : excavations at Kelheim in Bavaria, 1987-1991 by Peter S Wells( Book )
7 editions published in 1993 in English and French and held by 94 libraries worldwide
Keramik/Ton - Bayern - Eisenzeit
Granjas, aldeas y ciudades : comercio y orígenes del urbanismo en la protohistoria europea by Peter S Wells( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in Spanish and held by 15 libraries worldwide
La battaglia che fermò l'impero romano : la disfatta di Quintilio Varo nella selva di Teutoburgo by Peter S Wells( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in Italian and held by 12 libraries worldwide
La parola ai barbari : come i popoli conquistati hanno disegnato l'Europa romana by Peter S Wells( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in Italian and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Barbari : l'alba del nuovo mondo by Peter S Wells( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 8 libraries worldwide
A noble pursuit : the Duchess of Mecklenburg collection from Iron Age Slovenia by Gloria Polizzotti Greis( Book )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
"The sites the duchess excavated encompass the scope of Iron Age cultures in Slovenia and form an important resource for studying the cultural history of the region. Most of the materials from these sites reside today in the Mecklenburg Collection at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where they make up the largest systematically excavated group of European antiquities outside of Europe. This volume presents a selection of artifacts from the collection, photographed by Hillel S. Burger: bronze pendants, bracelets, neck rings, helmets, and armor; glass and amber beads; iron axes, swords, and spears; Roman glassware; and Greek wine vessels."
West - Central Europe and the Mediterranean world, 600-400 B.C. : models of culture contact and culture change by Peter S Wells( Book )
2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Wells, Peter 1948-
Wells, Peter S.
English (143)
German (10)
Italian (6)
Spanish (3)
Swedish (2)
French (1)
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