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Breaking the Surface: An Art/Archaeology of Prehistoric Architecture

Doug Bailey


This book is the first monograph-length attempt at a new way to engage the past: art/archaeology. Taking as its focus the excavation and interpretation of pit-houses in Neolithic Europe, the book critiques current thinking on these early architectural constructions and then provides an original and provocative exploration of the critical element that previous work has neglected: the actions and consequences of digging as defined as breaking the surface of the ground. The work of the book is performed by juxtaposing richly detailed discussions of archaeological sites (Etton and The Wilsford Sha ... More

Keywords: Archaeology, Art/archaeology, Prehistoric Europe, Neolithic Architecture, Pit-houses, Gordon Matta-Clark, Lucio Fontana, Ron Athey, Etton causewayed enclosure (UK), Wilsford Shaft (UK), Măgura (Romania)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190611873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doug Bailey, author
Professor of Visual Archaeology and Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University