The period from 6500 to 2500 BC was one of the most dynamic eras of theprehistory of south-eastern Europe, for it saw many fundamental changes in theways in which people lived their lives. This up-to-date and authoritative synthesisboth describes the best excavated relevant Balkan sites and interprets long-termtrends in the central themes of settlement, burial, material culture and economy.Prominence is given to the ways people organized themselves, the houses andlandscapes in which they lived and the objects, plants and animals they kept. Thekey developments are seen as the creation of new social environments throughthe construction of houses and villages, and a new materiality of life which filledthe built environment with a wide variety of objects. Against the prevailing trendsin European prehistory, the author argues for a prehistoric past riven with tensionand conflict, where hoarding and the exclusion of people was just as frequent assharing and helping.
provides a much-needed guide to a period which has previouslybeen inaccessible to western scholars. It will be an invaluable resource forundergraduates, advanced students and scholars.
is Lecturer in European Prehistory at the School of Historyand Archaeology, Cardiff University. He has carried out extensive fieldwork inBulgaria and Romania.