A Short Introduction to Archaeology

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speak of Early, Middle and Late Neolithic, and English prehistorians are following their lead. A similar tripartite division of the Bronze Age has long been current for cis- Alpine Europe and for Palestine-Syria, while in Crete, Greece, the Cyclades and Cyprus the term "Bronze Age" has been replaced by "Minoan", "Helladic", "Cycladic" and "Cypriote" respectively. It might indeed be better to drop the "ages" altogether and denote the successive culture periods in each province by consecutive numerals. The ideal, of course, would be to correlate the several local series by the archaeological means adumbrated on page 38 so that the whole of prehistory should be covered by a single scheme of numbered divisions. It is more likely to be possible to translate the several relative dates into absolute dates with the aid of physics and astronomy!
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Sec. i.
CHILDE, op. cit.
CLARK J. G. D., Archaeology and Society ( London, 1939). Idem., Prehistoric Europe: the Economic Basis ( London, 1953).
SOLLAS W. J., Ancient Hunters and Their Modern Representatives ( London, 1921).
Sec. iv.
DANIEL G. E., A Hundred Years of Archaeology ( London, 1950).
CHILDE V. G., "The Constitution of Archaeology as a Science," in Ashworth-Underwood (ed.), Science, Medicine, History ( London, 1953).

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