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How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times

Peter S. Wells


The peoples who inhabited Europe during the two millennia before the Roman conquests had established urban centers, large-scale production of goods such as pottery and iron tools, a money economy, and elaborate rituals and ceremonies. Yet as this book argues, the visual world of these late prehistoric communities was profoundly different from those of ancient Rome's literate civilization and today's industrialized societies. Drawing on startling new research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, the book reconstructs how the peoples of pre-Roman Europe saw the world and their place in it. ... More

Keywords: prehistoric community, pre-Roman Europe, tools, pottery, metal ornaments, ritual, Bronze Age, Iron Age, prehistoric culture, settlements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691143385
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter S. Wells, author
University of Minnesota