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‘A Work from an Unknown Member of the Proletariat’: Digitising and Re-examining Vere Gordon Childe’s ‘Dawn of European Civilization’.

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Katie Louise Meheux

UCL Institute of Archaeology Library, UCL Library Services, GB
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This article presents a detailed examination of Gordon Childe’s The Dawn of European Civilization, one of the best known books in European Archaeology. An overview of the book, its scope and influence is provided, as well as an analysis of its complex theoretical structures and philosophical context. Detailed sequential analysis of all six editions reveals how the original was repeatedly reinvented by Childe over a thirty year period in response to advances in European archaeology, his own theoretical interests and external political factors. The importance of the book for the history of 20th century archaeology and its role as an ‘ancestral text’ are assessed.

How to Cite: Meheux, K.L., 2017. ‘A Work from an Unknown Member of the Proletariat’: Digitising and Re-examining Vere Gordon Childe’s ‘Dawn of European Civilization’.. Archaeology International, 20, pp.91–105. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.357
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