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Author Bailey, Douglass W. (Douglass Whitfield), 1963- author.

Title Breaking the surface : an art/archaeology of prehistoric architecture / Doug Bailey.

Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  930.1 BAIL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-329) and index.
Contents 1 Cutting Pit-houses; Function, Deposition, Questions Not Asked p. 1 -- 2 Cutting Skin: Ron Athey's 4 Scenes (A.D. 1994) p. 41 -- 3 Cutting Holes: Philosophy and Psychology p. 71 -- Inter-text p. 95 -- 4 Cutting Deep: Bronze Age (1470-1290 cal. B.C.) p. 96 -- 5 Cutting Buildings: Gordon Matta-Clark's Conical Intersect (A.D. 1975) p. 129 -- 6 Cutting Words: Linguistic Anthropology p. 170 -- Inter-text p. 196 -- 7 Cutting the Ground: Neolithic Etton (3800 cal. B.C.) p. 197 -- 8 Cutting Space: Lucio Fontana's Tagli and Buchi (A.D. 1950s and 1960s) p. 234 -- 9 Cutting Absolute Worlds: Grounded Frames of Reference p. 265 -- Inter-text p. 289.
Summary In 'Breaking the Surface', Doug Bailey offers a radical alternative for understanding Neolithic houses, providing much-needed insight not just into prehistoric practice, but into another way of doing archaeology. Using his years of fieldwork experience excavating the early Neolithic pit-houses of southeastern Europe, Bailey exposes and elucidates a previously under-theorized aspect of prehistoric pit construction: the actions and consequences of digging defined as breaking the surface of the ground. 'Breaking the Surface' works through the consequences of this redefinition in order to redirect scholarship on the excavation and interpretation of pit-houses in Neolithic Europe, offering detailed critiques of current interpretations of these earliest European architectural constructions.
Subject Dwellings, Prehistoric.
Architecture, Prehistoric.
Art, Prehistoric.
Neolithic period.
ISBN 9780190611873 (hardback)
0190611871 (hardback)
9780190611880 (paperback)
019061188X (paperback)