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H 290 x W 205 mm

250 pages

169 figures (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789697506

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Tell; Landscapes; Bronze Age; Carpathians; Mediterranean

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This is the second part of a study on Bronze Age tells and on our approaches towards an understanding of this fascinating way of life, drawing on the material remains of long-term architectural stability and references back to ancestral place.



I. Introduction ;
I.1. Once More on Tells: Where and When ... ;
I.2. ... How and Why? ;

II. The Social, Space and Materiality ;
II.1. Toward a Practice-oriented Approach ;
II.2. Theory of Practice and ‘Time-Space’ (Giddens) ;
II.3. Theory of Practice and Social Space (Löw) ;
II.4. Habitus and Social Space (Bourdieu) ;
II.5. ‘Flat Ontologies’: Social Life and Materiality (Schatzki) ;
II.6. Architecture and Assemblages (Delitz, DeLanda) ;
II.7. Implications and Outlook ;

III. Space and Time on Bronze Age Tells ;
III.1. Space and Time: The Borsod Example ;
III.2. Introduction to a Bronze Age Landscape ;
III.3. The Tell or Tell-like Mound: Focus Shared or Community Divided? ;
III.4. The Enclosure: Defence or Signal? ;
III.5. The Outer Settlement: Commoners or Community? ;

IV. Tell-Living ;
IV.1. The Tell Plenum of Practices ;
IV.2. Social Life Unfolding ;

V. Epilogue ;
V.1. Death and Burial on the Bronze Age Borsod Plain ;
V.2. The Study of the European Bronze Age: A Personal Note ;


About the Author

Tobias L. Kienlin is professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Cologne, Germany. His research interests include the European Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages, settlement archaeology, archaeological theory, social archaeology, material culture studies and archaeometallurgy. Current projects include BORBAS (Borsod Region Bronze Age Settlement) on Early Bronze Age tell sites in north-eastern Hungary and the Toboliu project in north-western Romania.


It is an excellent, thought-provoking study and a data-driven expansion of part 1. The book was a much-needed supplement for the older publication, one which establishes a coherent understanding of one of the most challenging phenomena of European prehistory by demonstrating how constructing an alternative model of Bronze Age archaeology can be achieved. The only question remains, whether the readers should start preparing for volume three?’ – Robert Staniuk (2023): GNOMON 95, 2