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['A Work from an Unknown Member of the Proletariat': ] Digitising and Re-examining Vere Gordon Childe's 'Dawn of European Civilization': a celebration of the UCL Institute of Archaeology's 80th Anniversary

Meheux, KL; (2017) ['A Work from an Unknown Member of the Proletariat': ] Digitising and Re-examining Vere Gordon Childe's 'Dawn of European Civilization': a celebration of the UCL Institute of Archaeology's 80th Anniversary. Archaeology International , 20 pp. 91-105. 10.5334/ai.357. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents a detailed examination of Gordon Childe’s The Dawn of European Civilization, one of the best known books in European Archaeology. An overview of the book, its scope and influence is provided, as well as an analysis of its complex theoretical structures and philosophical context. Detailed sequential analysis of all six editions reveals how the original was repeatedly reinvented by Childe over a thirty year period in response to advances in European archaeology, his own theoretical interests and external political factors. The importance of the book for the history of 20th century archaeology and its role as an ‘ancestral text’ are assessed.

Type: Article
Title: ['A Work from an Unknown Member of the Proletariat': ] Digitising and Re-examining Vere Gordon Childe's 'Dawn of European Civilization': a celebration of the UCL Institute of Archaeology's 80th Anniversary
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.357
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.357
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Vere Gordon Childe, European Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Prehistory
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Research
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Research > Library Services
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054435
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