The Stone Mirror: A Novel of the Neolithic. Rob Swigart

Fairbairn, Andrew (2009) The Stone Mirror: A Novel of the Neolithic. Rob Swigart. Australian Archaeology, 68 63-65.

Author Fairbairn, Andrew
Title The Stone Mirror: A Novel of the Neolithic. Rob Swigart
Formatted title
The Stone Mirror: A Novel of the Neolithic. Rob Swigart
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Volume 68
Start page 63
End page 65
Total pages 3
Place of publication Monash, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Rob Swigart’s The Stone Mirror is a fictional narrative focused on the archaeology of Aynalı Tepe, a fictitious Neolithic occupation mound in Central Turkey. Based on the leviathan excavation project at Çatalhöyük, Swigart’s narrative is presented in 18 well-written chapters alternating between a modern excavation (chapters headed ‘Now’) and life in the ancient settlement (chapters headed ‘Then’).

While the book lacks many of the methodological and theoretical details required of text books, the scope of subject matter and the synthetic treatment of past and present make the book a potentially invaluable teaching tool. For Australian universities with an Australasian/Oceanic focus, the specific geographical focus on Southwest Asia may limit the book’s usefulness, however, I recommend it as a must for university libraries and for anyone with an interest in early farmers beyond the abstractions of sedentism and domestication.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "Book Reviews". Subtitle: "Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA, 2007, 287pp, ISBN 978-1-59874-017-2".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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