Thanks Euan, the Nearly-Friday competition is closed and Simon Stevens won.
yes Childe referred to Dimini in his "Dawn" (not the "Danube" I think), but
I am in dispute with a couple of rampant nationalist (and rather
unpleasant) Polish archaeology professors where he got his famous words in
the Danube from:
"We find certain types of remains - pots, implements, ornaments, burial
rites, house forms - constantly occurring together. Such a complex of
regularly associated traits we shall term a 'cultural group' or just a
They say he copied them from a Polish archaeologist Leon Kozlowski. This is
nonsense, and its what my article is about. Firstly I show they quote their
hero totally out of context in order to "prove" Childe's debt to him, and
secondly I have found out where Childe actually was plagiarising (though it
might have been unintentional).
Which suggests a Friday competition. The first person whose email reaches me
OFF-LIST please (I dont want the Poles looking over our shoulders and
beating me to press) as to where specifically those words were in fact
lifted by Childe from gets a prize (bar of Polish chocolate sent by
snailmail). Is this generally known and I just missed it in my undergrad
years (possible) or have I found by accident a nice bit of archaeological
trivia in my "discussions" with our central European colleagues?