Ranking, Resource and Exchange: Aspect of the Archaeology of Early European Society

Ranking, Resource and Exchange: Aspect of the Archaeology of Early European Society

by Colin Renfrew, Steven Shennan
     
 

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Ranked societies are characterized by disparities in personal status that are often accompanied by the concentration of power and authority in the hands of a few dominant individuals. They stand between the sophistication of developed, states and the relative simplicity of most hunter-gatherer groups and early agriculturalists. In some places and times they

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Ranked societies are characterized by disparities in personal status that are often accompanied by the concentration of power and authority in the hands of a few dominant individuals. They stand between the sophistication of developed, states and the relative simplicity of most hunter-gatherer groups and early agriculturalists. In some places and times they represented relatively brief phases of transition to more complex forms of organization; in others they existed as stable forms of adaptation for thousands of years. They are thus of great interest for archaeologists seeking to understand the dynamics of cultural evolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780521105095
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
New Directions in Archaeology Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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