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Heroes and tragic figures in the transition to the Neolithic. Exploring images of the human being in archaeological texts

  • Elisabeth Rudebeck (a1)


In this article, the author analyses a group of articles discussing the transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic in South Scandinavia from the standpoint of their rhetorical and narrative structure. She uses Hayden White's categories of emplotment, the time-orientation of the articles and their attitudes to centre-periphery to characterise the articles. In this way, the attitudes to modern ideological and rhetorical themes buried in each article is elucidated. In a final section, a debate is opened up on the relationship between agricultural origins and post-processualism.

Dans cet article l'auteur analyse un ensemble d'articles traitant de la transition du mésolithique au néolithique en Scandinavie du Sud, du point de vue de leur structure narrative et rhétorique. Elle utilise les catégories de complotment de Hayden White, l'orientation dans le temps des articles et leur perception du centre-périphérie pour caractériser ces articles. De cette façon, la signification des termes rhétoriques et idéologiques modernes, enfouis dans chaque article, est mise en évidence. Dans une dernière partie, un débat est ouvert sur les relations entre les origines basées sur l'agriculture et le post-processualisme.

Die Autorin analysiert in diesem Beitrag die rhetorische und narrative Struktur eine Reihe von Artikeln, die den Übergang vom Mesolithikum zum Neolithikum in Südskandinavien zum Thema haben. Bei der Charakterisierung der Artikel verwendet sie Hayden White's Kategorien von Plotstrukturen, die Zeitorientierung der Artikel und ihre Einstellungen zu Zentrum/Peripherie. Auf diese Weise werden die in den Artikeln verborgenen Einstellungen zu modernen ideologischen und rhetorischen Themen erläutert. Im Schulßteil wird eine Diskussion über die Beziehung zwischen den Ursprüngen des Ackerbaus und Postprozessualismus angeregt.



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Heroes and tragic figures in the transition to the Neolithic. Exploring images of the human being in archaeological texts

  • Elisabeth Rudebeck (a1)


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