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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - 2019 August

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr. Telmo Pereira has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most recent titles in archaeology. Dr Telmo Pereira is Post-doctoral Researcher in the Polytechnical Institute of Tomar and Professor at the Universidade de Autónoma de Lisboa, exploring and teaching Prehistory and Archaeology. He graduated in Archaeology at the University of Lisbon in 2001 and completed his Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology 2010 at the University of Algarve.

Since 1998, he approaches Prehistoric human evolution by focusing on the way that past human species and societies adapted to drastic environmental shifts. For that he focuses how people changed their thoughts and believes on economy, social networks and technology.

Since 1996, he was awarded with more than a dozen research grants and contracts, invitations for paper and book publications and to revise high-competitive international grants. His tracking record comprises one book, dozens of papers in international journals, book chapters, proceedings, dozens of posters, and podium presentations, invited talks. He also developed reference collections, prototypes, student supervisions, several of them received international grants, and the creation of laboratories and associations.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Telmo’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th September 2019.

Dr. Telmo Pereira’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Artisans Rule: Product Standardization and Craft Specialization in Prehistoric Society

Editors: Ina Miloglav, Jasna Vuković

Craft production and its significance for understanding social relations are one of the essential topics in prehistoric archaeology. Standardization of raw materials, products, and manufacturing procedures, and the presence or absence of specialized artisans still challenge scholars engaged in the studies of technology, social archaeology, exchange and distribution networks and economy in the past. In this volume, seven case studies covering a chronological span from the Neolithic to La Tène Europe explore the notions of standardization and specialization, the nature of their interrelationship, the methods for assessing their presence in the archaeological record, and their significance for the reconstruction of social relations and emergence of social complexity, while two ethnoarchaeological studies focus on the organization of production and methods of estimation of a number of artisans. This volume brings together research from prominent scholars, based on different theoretical perspectives, thus giving new insight into the fundamental issues related to artisans and their crafts.

"‘Artisans Rule: Product Standardization and Craft Specialization in Prehistoric Society' is a compilation of archaeological, ethnographic, ethnoarchaeological and experimental studies focusing on the tangible and intangible framework of artifact production during Prehistoric times.

Across the Globe, investigators use artifacts to interpret a plethora of traits related to the complexity of past human societies. During this process, they often forget that, between the societies they want to understand and the artifact they use to interpret those societies, there was always a fundamental character: the artisan who actually made the artifacts. Through time and space, each one of these individuals had, in every day of their lives as artisans, clear and specific personal agendas, limited resources, social circumstances, and economical environments. These circumstances directly influenced the production of such objects. This includes the materials in which they were made from, their shape, their sizes, and even their surfaces and when it was the case, their decoration, and so on. For some objective or subjective reasons, sometimes people lost interest in something that was traditional and used through centuries, decades or years, and became interested in new things. Somewhere in between, those artisans decided to stop or start the production of those artifacts, and these are exactly the changes that, in archaeology, demarcate human cultures; the artisans’ decisions mark the cultures in the archaeological record.

By covering the production of cutting edges, containers and adornments made on stone, pottery, bone, and glass, 15 of the most respected researchers, brilliantly coordinated by editors Ina Miloglav and Jasna Vuković, offer us an unusually rich data-set, cross-cultural and cross-continental comparison, and theoretical background that makes this book fundamental to anyone working on archaeology, anthropology, heritage, and ethnography in the world. For many, after reading this book, their perspective on each and every object recovered from the ground will never be the same."

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