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A significant other to game and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that observe a socio-historical point of view to myriad features of historic activity and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

• contains contributions from various overseas students with a number of Classical antiquity specialties
• is going past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision activity in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
• incorporates a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers

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1 The Early Neolithic axe factory site of Le Pinacle, Jersey The evidence from Er Lannic and Le Pinacle suggests that religious factors may have influenced the location of axe production centres. A further factor was undoubtedly the physical properties of the available stone: axes of Type A dolerite, Type B epidiorite, jadeite, fibrolite, eclogite and flint may not be functionally superior to locally made diorite and dolerite axes, but they are visually distinctive and can be recognised quite easily.

5 Radiocarbon dates from Epi-Bandkeramik contexts in Northern France: 1 Late Bandkeramik; 2 Villeneuve-St-Germain; 3 Cerny. associated with these early horizons is quite different to that found in the passage graves. 7) has clear affinities in the Epi-Bandkeramik sequence of the Paris Basin, specifically in the Cerny group. The radiocarbon dates from Les Fouaillages (5850±100 BP= 4880–4600 cal. BC; BM-1892R/5900±110 BP=4930–4700 cal. BC; BM-1893/5670±170 BP=4760–3930 cal. BC; BM-1894R) place the site at the very beginning of the Neolithic sequence.

6). In a general sense, this symbolism can be considered to express an ideological link between production and reproduction: the 31 STATEMENTS IN STONE axe as the means of agricultural production is linked to the phallus, the means of biological reproduction, and the fertility of the land (harnessed to human use through clearance with stone axes) is linked to human virility (Patton 1991b). Meillassoux (1967) argues that the power of tribal elders is often based upon control of ritual practice and control over the circulation of socially valued material items.

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