Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Breaking the SurfaceAn Art/Archaeology of Prehistoric Architecture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Doug Bailey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611873.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 12 December 2019

Cutting Pit-houses

Cutting Pit-houses

Function, Deposition, Questions Not Asked

(p.1) Chapter 1 Cutting Pit-houses
Breaking the Surface

Doug Bailey

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the thesis, structure, and philosophy of the book. Using the author’s Romanian excavations as a start, the chapter reviews the state of knowledge about pits and pit-houses in Neolithic Europe, critically reviews the debate over structured deposition (and suggests that the actions of breaking the surface of the ground—that is, digging—have not featured in previous work on the topic), defines art/archaeology (as an innovative way to provide original thought on the topic), and then justifies the book’s approach and unusual content and layout. The argument made is both that a new way to engage the archaeological object is through a new trans-disciplinary approach that juxtaposes past and present, archaeology and art, and that the reader will gain much from examining the Neolithic and other periods through the processes and consequences of cutting surfaces.

Keywords:   Pit-houses, Prehistoric Europe, Neolithic architecture, Structured deposition, Art/archaeology, Măgura (Romania), Galovo—Slavonski Brod (Croatia)

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .