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Wells, Peter S.

Works: 47 works in 230 publications in 5 languages and 9,554 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: D117, 936
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Publications about Peter S Wells
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Most widely held works by Peter S Wells
Barbarians to angels : the Dark Ages reconsidered by Peter S Wells( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,350 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 )
26 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 1,064 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
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 578 libraries worldwide
Culture contact and culture change : early iron age central Europe and the Mediterranean world by Peter S Wells( Book )
10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 460 libraries worldwide
Voyage to the other world : the legacy of Sutton Hoo by Calvin B Kendall( Book )
17 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 456 libraries worldwide
A fascinating exploration of pagan Anglo-Saxon culturea world caught on the boundary between competing ideologies and contrasting social systems
How ancient Europeans saw the world : vision, patterns, and the shaping of the mind in prehistoric times by Peter S Wells( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 408 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 it. He sheds new light on how they communicated their thoughts, feelings, and visual perceptions through the everyday tools they shaped, the pottery and metal ornaments they decorated, and the arrangements of objects they made in their ritual places--and how these forms and patterns in turn shaped their experience. How Ancient Europeans Saw the World offers a completely new approach to the study of Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe, and represents a major challenge to existing views about prehistoric cultures. The book demonstrates why we cannot interpret the structures that Europe's pre-Roman inhabitants built in the landscape, the ways they arranged their settlements and burial sites, or the complex patterning of their art on the basis of what these things look like to us. Rather, we must view these objects and visual patterns as they were meant to be seen by the ancient peoples who fashioned them
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 276 libraries worldwide
The author uses patterns of identity revealed in archaeology to interpret the commentaries of Greek and Roman authors who conveyed their own perceptions of the non-literate groups of the Iron Age
Rural economy in the Early Iron Age : excavations at Hascherkeller, 1978-1981 by Peter S Wells( Book )
12 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 204 libraries worldwide
Rome beyond its frontiers : imports, attitudes and practices by Peter S Wells( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 195 libraries worldwide
Image and response in early Europe by Peter S Wells( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 158 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."--Jacket
The Iron Age cemetery of Magdalenska gora in Slovenia by Hugh Hencken( Book )
7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 136 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 )
9 editions published in 1993 in English and French and held by 102 libraries worldwide
Keramik/Ton - Bayern - Eisenzeit
Die Barbaren sprechen : Kelten, Germanen und das römische Europa by Peter S Wells( Book )
6 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald by Peter S Wells( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in German and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Granjas, aldeas y ciudades comercio y orígenes del urbanismo en la protohistoria europea by Peter S Wells( Archival Material )
3 editions published in 1988 in Spanish and held by 25 libraries worldwide
La battaglia che fermò l'impero romano : la disfatta di Quintilio Varo nella selva di Teutoburgo by Peter S Wells( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in Italian and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Barbari : l'alba del nuovo mondo by Peter S Wells( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Studies in culture contact : interaction, culture change, and archaeology by James G Cusick( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
People have long been fascinated about times in human history when different cultures and societies first came into contact with each other, how they reacted to that contact, and why it sometimes occurred peacefully and at other times was violent or catastrophic. Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology, edited by James G. Cusick, seeks to define the role of culture contact in human history, to identify issues in the study of culture contact in archaeology, and to provide a critical overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of culture and contac
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Alternative Names
Wells, Peter 1948-
Wells, Peter S.
English (147)
German (10)
Italian (8)
Spanish (3)
French (1)
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