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Whittle, A. W. R.

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Works: 63 works in 286 publications in 3 languages and 7,962 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Opponent, 958
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Most widely held works by A. W. R Whittle
The archaeology of people : dimensions of Neolithic life by Alasdair W. R Whittle( )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alasdair Whittle argues for the complexity & fluidity of life in the Neolithic, through a combination of archaeological & anthropological case studies & current theoretical debate. He highlights the multiple dimensions which simultaneously constituted Neolithic existence in complicated situations
PREHISTORIC EUROPE by Timothy Champion( )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Gathering time : dating the early Neolithic enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland by Alasdair Whittle( )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gathering Time presents the results of a major dating programme that re-writes the early Neolithic of Britain by more accurately dating enclosures, a phenomenon that first appeared in the early Neolithic: places of construction, labour, assembly, ritual and deposition. The project has combined hundreds of new radiocarbon dates with hundreds of existing dates, using a Bayesian statistical framework. Such formal chronological modelling is essential if significantly more precise and robust date estimates are to be achieved than those currently available from informal inspection of calibrated radiocarbon dates. The resulting dating project included over 35 enclosures - the largest study so far attempted in a Bayesian framework. This establishes a new chronology for causewayed and related enclosures in southern Britain, which appeared in the final decades of the 38th century cal BC, increased in number dramatically in the 37th century cal BC, and began no longer to be built by the end of the 36th century cal BC. Several enclosures were of short duration - in some cases probably in use for less than a generation - though some examples do conform to the conventional assumption of a long primary use-life. In Ireland, enclosures of this kind are much scarcer. The project helped to date two of these: Donegore, Co. Antrim and Magheraboy, Co. Sligo. As well as establishing a new chronology for enclosures, Gathering Time also places these results into their wider context, by considering the chronology of the early Neolithic as a whole. Well over a thousand other radiocarbon dates have been critically assessed and modelled in a Bayesian framework - for settlement, monument building and other activity, region by region across southern Britain and across Ireland as a whole (a brief comparative study of Scotland as far north as the Great Glen is also included). Generally in southern Britain other Neolithic activity can be dated before the beginnings of monument building and, among the monuments, long barrows, long cairns, and related forms clearly preceded the earliest causewayed enclosures. The first Neolithic things and practices probably appeared in south-east England in the 41st century cal BC, arguably by some kind of small-scale colonisation from the adjacent continent, and spread at a variable pace across the rest of Britain and Ireland over the next two and a half centuries or more, a process involving acculturation of local people as well as immigrants. Enclosures may have been adapted as a social strategy of harnessing the power of the distant and the exotic, and perhaps old ancestral ties to the European continent, in a dynamic and rapidly changing social milieu. Close attention is given to themes of deposition, material culture and different kinds of social interaction, from networks of exchange to episodes of violence. A high tempo of change continued, as very different constructions came to be built from the 36th century cal BC onwards: the linear and more arcane cursus monuments. The study of Irish Neolithic chronology reveals significant patterning, including a short currency for rectangular timber houses in the 37th century cal BC, but also highlights the challenge of establishing more reliable chronologies, for monuments in particular. Alternative scenarios for the date and nature of the beginning of the Neolithic in Ireland are modelled. Gathering Time ends with reflections on the nature and pace of change in prehistory. If generational timescales are now within our grasp routinely, more subtle and individualised kinds of (pre)history can and must be written, and the conventional frame of the long-term must shift from being familiar and comfortable to problematic."--Publisher's description
Places of special virtue : megaliths in the Neolithic landscapes of Wales by Vicki Cummings( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores the landscape settings of megalithic chambered monuments in Wales. Set against a broader discussion on the significance of the landscape, the authors argue that Wales has its own unique and individual Neolithic which is different from that found in the rest of Britain
Neolithic Europe : a survey by Alasdair W. R Whittle( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Neolithic of Europe : papers in honour of Alasdair Whittle( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Neolithic of Europe comprises eighteen specially commissioned papers on prehistoric archaeology, written by leading international scholars. The coverage is broad, ranging geographically from south-east Europe to Britain and Ireland and chronologically from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, but with a decided focus on the former. Several papers discuss new scientific approaches to key questions in Neolithic research, while others offer interpretive accounts of aspects of the archaeological record. Thematically, the main foci are on Neolithisation; the archaeology of Neolithic daily life, settlements and subsistence; as well as monuments and aspects of worldview. A number of contributions highlight the recent impact of techniques such as isotopic analysis and statistically modelled radiocarbon dates on our understanding of mobility, diet, lifestyles, events and historical processes. The volume is presented to celebrate the enormous impact that Alasdair Whittle has had on the study of prehistory, especially the European and British Neolithic, and his rich career in archaeology
Europe in the Neolithic : the creation of new worlds by A. W. R Whittle( Book )

24 editions published between 1966 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unique in its broad and up-to-date coverage of long-term processes of change on a continental scale, this completely rewritten and revised version of Whittle's Neolithic Europe: a survey reflects radical changes in the evidence and in interpretative approaches over the past decade
Living well together? : settlement and materiality in the Neolithic of south-east and central Europe by Alasdair Whittle( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living Well Together investigates the development of the Neolithic in southeast and central Europe from 6500-3500 cal BC with special reference to the manifestations of settling down. A collection of reports and comments on recent fieldwork in the region, Living Well Together? provides 14 tightly written and targeted papers presenting interpretive discussions from important excavations and reassessments of our understanding of the Neolithic. Each paper makes a significant contribution to existing knowledge about the period, and the book, like its companion (Un)settling the Neolithic (Oxbow 200
Problems in neolithic archaeology by A. W. R Whittle( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going over : the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in north-west Europe by Alasdair Whittle( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This wide-ranging collection of essays covers the transformation from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to Neolithic farmers. Providing an overview of this fundamental change in human society, it offers a comprehensive and authoritative treatment by leading specialists
The first farmers of central Europe : diversity in LBK lifeways by Penny Bickle( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From about 5500 cal BC to soon after 5000 cal BC, the lifeways of the first farmers of central Europe, the LBK culture (Linearbandkeramik), are seen in distinctive practices of longhouse use, settlement forms, landscape choice, subsistence, material culture and mortuary rites. Within the five or more centuries of LBK existence a dynamic sequence of changes can be seen in, for instance, the expansion and increasing density of settlement, progressive regionalisation in pottery decoration, and at the end some signs of stress or even localised crisis. Although showing many features in common acros
Early farmers : the view from archaeology and science( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeology and science enable new and creative understandings of Europe's early farmers, answering questions that remain after more than a century of research. The challenge is to integrate multiple lines of evidence, scientific and more traditionally archaeological, while keeping in focus the principal questions that we want to ask of our data
(Un)settling the neolithic( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"(Un)settling the Neolithic is a radical redirection in the study of the central and east European Neolithic (6500-3500 cal BC). Attacking the essentialisms of traditional approaches to the period, the volume pushes forward with new thinking about how best to understand human existence at this time in a critical region. Containing major statements by the key authorities on the topic, (un)settling the Neolithic challenges scholars, students, excavators and teachers to think again about the fundamental conceptions with which the Neolithic has been defined since the origins of its academic study."--BOOK JACKET
The times of their lives : hunting history in the archaeology of Neolithic Europe by Alasdair W. R Whittle( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Times of their Lives' explains how archaeologists can now move away from thinking about history in terms of thousands of years, to periods from one or two centuries down to lifetimes and generations - a little more than two decades. This vastly improved precision comes from the application of Bayesian chronological frameworks for the interpretation of radiocarbon dates. If they do the right things, archaeologists in general and prehistorians in particular need not confine themselves any longer to the long term, which has often been seen as the defining currency of the discipline.0Many prehistorians are still uncomfortable with the choice of narratives now available - or have not yet critically rethought old habits. This book will show how temporally much more precise accounts of the past can be achieved, across a broad range of contexts and situations. It offers a series of case studies across much of the continent, to provide much more precise timings of key features and trends in the European Neolithic sequence than are currently available, and to construct much more precise estimates of the duration of events and phenomena. From these there is the possibility to open up new insights into the tempo of change through the detailed study of selected sites and situations across the span of the European Neolithic, from the sixth to the early third millennia cal BC. At stake is our ability to study the lives of Neolithic people everywhere at the scale of lifetimes, something unimaginable even a few years ago
Astronomy and society in Britain during the period 4000-1500 B.C.( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Settlement patterns in the Oxford region : excavations at the Abingdon causewayed enclosure and other sites by H.J Case( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred mound, holy rings : Silbury Hill and the West Kennet palisade enclosures : a later Neolithic complex in north Wiltshire by A. W. R Whittle( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The harmony of symbols : the Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure, Wiltshire by A. W. R Whittle( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building memories : the Neolithic Cotswold long barrow at Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and French and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scord of Brouster : an early agricultural settlement on Shetland : excavations, 1977-1979 by Alasdair Whittle( Book )

12 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The archaeology of people : dimensions of Neolithic life
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PREHISTORIC EUROPEPlaces of special virtue : megaliths in the Neolithic landscapes of WalesEurope in the Neolithic : the creation of new worldsLiving well together? : settlement and materiality in the Neolithic of south-east and central EuropeProblems in neolithic archaeologyGoing over : the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in north-west Europe(Un)settling the neolithicThe harmony of symbols : the Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure, WiltshireBuilding memories : the Neolithic Cotswold long barrow at Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
Alternative Names
Alasdair Whittle archéologue préhistorien britannique

Alasdair Whittle Brits antropoloog

Whittle, A.W.R.

Whittle Alasdair

Whittle, Alasdair 1949-

Whittle, Alasdair W.R.

Whittle, Alasdair W. R. 1949-

Уиттл, Аласдэр

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