Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia

Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia

Challenges current interpretations of social and cultural change in prehistoric Eurasia, through a thematic investigation of archaeological patterns.

Author: Bryan K. Hanks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521517126

Category: History

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Challenges current interpretations of social and cultural change in prehistoric Eurasia, through a thematic investigation of archaeological patterns.
Categories: History

Death Rituals and Social Order in the Ancient World

Death Rituals and Social Order in the Ancient World

The Sintashta genesis: The roles of climate change, warfare, and long-distance
trade, in Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia: Monuments, Metals and
Mobility, eds. B. Hanks & K. Linduff. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 47–
73.

Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107082731

Category: History

Page: 460

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This volume, with essays by leading archaeologists and prehistorians, considers how prehistoric humans attempted to recognise, understand and conceptualise death.
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Sacred Geographies of Ancient Amazonia

Sacred Geographies of Ancient Amazonia

This innovative, interdisciplinary book is a major contribution to the study of human-environment relations, social complexity, and past and present indigenous societies.

Author: Denise P Schaan

Publisher: Left Coast Press

ISBN: 1598745069

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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The legendary El Dorado—the city of gold—remains a mere legend, but astonishing new discoveries are revealing a major civilization in ancient Amazonia that was more complex than anyone previously dreamed. Scholars have long insisted that the Amazonian ecosystem placed severe limits on the size and complexity of its ancient cultures, but leading researcher Denise Schaan reverses that view, synthesizing exciting new evidence of large-scale land and resource management to tell a new history of indigenous Amazonia. Schaan also engages fundamental debates about the development of social complexity and the importance of ancient Amazonia from a global perspective. This innovative, interdisciplinary book is a major contribution to the study of human-environment relations, social complexity, and past and present indigenous societies.
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Archaeology Ethnology Anthropology of Eurasia

Archaeology  Ethnology   Anthropology of Eurasia

Mellars P.A. 1985 The Ecological Basis of Social Complexity in the Upper
Paleolithic of Southwestern France . In Prehistoric Hunter - Gatherers . The
Emergence of Cultural Complexity , T.D. Price and J.A. Brown ( eds . ) . Orlando :
Academic ...

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ISBN: PSU:000048310703

Category: Anthropology

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Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

This volume looks at the effects of interaction and the nature of identity construction in a frontier or contact zone through the analysis of material culture, especially in mortuary settings.

Author: Katheryn M. Linduff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108418614

Category: History

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This volume looks at the effects of interaction and the nature of identity construction in a frontier or contact zone through the analysis of material culture, especially in mortuary settings.
Categories: History

Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

This volume examines the role of objects in the region north of early dynastic state centers, at the intersection of Ancient China and Eurasia, a large area that stretches from Xinjiang to the China Sea, from c.3000 BCE to the mid-eighth ...

Author: Katheryn M. Linduff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108311205

Category: Social Science

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This volume examines the role of objects in the region north of early dynastic state centers, at the intersection of Ancient China and Eurasia, a large area that stretches from Xinjiang to the China Sea, from c.3000 BCE to the mid-eighth century BCE. This area was a frontier, an ambiguous space that lay at the margins of direct political control by the metropolitan states, where local and colonial ideas and practices were reconstructed transculturally. These identities were often merged and displayed in material culture. Types of objects, styles, and iconography were often hybrids or new to the region, as were the tomb assemblages in which they were deposited and found. Patrons commissioned objects that marked a symbolic vision of place and person and that could mobilize support, legitimize rule, and bind people together. Through close examination of key artifacts, this book untangles the considerable changes in political structure and cultural makeup of ancient Chinese states and their northern neighbors.
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Social Complexity and Corporate Households on the Southern Northwest Coast of North America A D 1450 1855

Social Complexity and Corporate Households on the Southern Northwest Coast of North America  A D  1450 1855

In Hunting and Animal Exploitation in the Later Paleolithic and Mesolithic of
Eurasia , edited by G. L. Peterkin , H. M. Bricker , P. ... Pettigrew , R. M. 1981 A
Prehistoric Culture Sequence in the Portland Basin of the Lower Columbia Valley
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Author: Elizabeth A. Sobel

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ISBN: UOM:39015059188972

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Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics Rethinking Temporality and Community in Eurasian Archaeology

Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics  Rethinking Temporality and Community in Eurasian Archaeology

Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics re-examines the relationship between Eurasia’s past and present, demonstrating that social life in ancient Eurasia was considerably more unruly than research has traditionally allowed.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004325470

Category: History

Page: 360

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Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics re-examines the relationship between Eurasia’s past and present, demonstrating that social life in ancient Eurasia was considerably more unruly than research has traditionally allowed.
Categories: History

Metallurgy in Ancient Eastern Eurasia from the Urals to the Yellow River

Metallurgy in Ancient Eastern Eurasia from the Urals to the Yellow River

The focus here is on the eastern region of Eurasia, the border provinces of present-day northern and western China, the Republic of the Altai, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia east of the Urals.

Author: Katheryn M. Linduff

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105127762057

Category: History

Page: 283

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The focus here is on the eastern region of Eurasia, the border provinces of present-day northern and western China, the Republic of the Altai, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia east of the Urals. Based on a synthesis of the current Russian and Chinese chronological and metallurgical information from the area, the working hypotheses for the authors of this volume is that the entire area, including north China, can be better understood as part of a larger metallurgical tradition where technological as well as typological differences were based on availability of ores, use of artifacts, and social complexity of the generative societies. It is hoped that this volume of essays will allow us to rethink the beginnings of metallurgy in eastern Eurasia and the Far East and join together data that has been separated by language and political barriers.
Categories: History

Tying the Threads of Eurasia

Tying the Threads of Eurasia

Archaeology , Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia 37 ( 1 ) : 25-33 . Knappett ,
C. 2002. Photographs , Skeuomorphs ... In Social Complexity in Prehistoric
Eurasia : Monuments , Metals and Mobility . B. K. Hanks and K. M. Linduff ( eds . )
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Author: Toby C. Wilkinson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822039648142

Category: History

Page: 406

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The famous 'Silk Roads' have long evoked a romantic picture of travel through colourful civilizations, but how far back can we trace these trade-networks?
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Nomads and Networks

Nomads and Networks

The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan Sören Stark, Karen Sydney Rubinson,
Zaĭnolla Samashevich Samashev, Jennifer ... In Social Complexity in Prebistoric
Eurasia : Monuments , Metals and Mobility , edited by B. Hanks and K. Linduff ...

Author: Sören Stark

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: UCSD:31822039398763

Category: History

Page: 195

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Presents an unparalleled overview of the sophisticated culture of pastoral nomadic populations who lived on the territory of present-day Kazakhstan from roughly the middle of the first millennium BCE to the early centuries CE.--Book Jacket.
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Complex Societies of Central Eurasia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium BC

Complex Societies of Central Eurasia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium BC

I. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?ETHNOS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE: The Indo-European Problem and the Exploitation of the Eurasian SteppesEthnic and Cultural Interconnections between Iran and Turan in the 2nd Millennium BCTowards A Possible ...

Author: Karlene Jones-Bley

Publisher:

ISBN: 0941694836

Category: Antiquities, Prehistoric

Page: 633

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I. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?ETHNOS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE: The Indo-European Problem and the Exploitation of the Eurasian SteppesEthnic and Cultural Interconnections between Iran and Turan in the 2nd Millennium BCTowards A Possible Linguistic Interpretation of the ArkaimArkaim and the Indo-Iranian VarAvestan ?Yima?s Town? in Historical and Archaeological PerspectiveIndo-European Burial, the ?Rig Veda,? and ?Avesta?Archaeological Mythology and Some Real Problems of the Current Archaeology.II. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?GENERAL PROBLEMS:Social Landscape of Central Eurasia in the Bronze and Iron Ages?Tendencies, Factors, and Limits of Transformation.III. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?STUDING SINTASHTA:Planography of the Fortified Centers of the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Trans-UralsComplex Societies and the Possibilities to Diagnose them on the Basis of Archaeological DataThe Sintashta Culture and the Indo-European Problem?Proto-towns? of the Bronze Age in the South Urals and Ancient KhorasmiaOn the Problem of Chronological Correlation between Sintashta Type and MRC SitesThe Cemetery of Bestamak and the Structure of the CommunitySintashta Burial Sacrifice?The Bolshekaragansky Cemetery in FocusAnimals in the Burial Rite of the Population of the Volga-Ural AreaIV. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?THE ENEOLITHIC AND BRONZE AGES:Yamnaya (Pit-Grave) Culture in the South Urals AreaThe Trans-Ural Eneolithic Sanctuaries with Astronomical Reference PointsCircular Settlements in the Lower Tobal AreaThe Regional Differences of the Prestige Bronze Ages Burials SpearsRegional Peculiarities of Technology of the Shield Cheekpiece Production
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The Prehistory of Asia and Oceania

The Prehistory of Asia and Oceania

mithological world outlook a social order and stratification were primarily
reflected by funerial rituals . ... The cultures of temperate eurasian zone as their
close periphery were much influenced by them , but not so much economically
because of different environmental resources , - rather ... It was a time of most
active search in technology and in military field accompanied by social
complexity progression .

Author: G. E. Afanasʹev

Publisher: Abaco (Sarzana)

ISBN: NWU:35556030020234

Category: History

Page: 339

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Eurasia at the Dawn of History

Eurasia at the Dawn of History

The authors of this volume analyze the processes of centralization, cultural interaction, and social differentiation that led to the development of the first urban centres and early state formations of ancient Eurasia, from the Atlantic ...

Author: Manuel Fernández-Götz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316943175

Category: Social Science

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Our current world is characterized by life in cities, the existence of social inequalities, and increasing individualization. When and how did these phenomena arise? What was the social and economic background for the development of hierarchies and the first cities? The authors of this volume analyze the processes of centralization, cultural interaction, and social differentiation that led to the development of the first urban centres and early state formations of ancient Eurasia, from the Atlantic coasts to China. The chronological framework spans a period from the Neolithic to the Late Iron Age, with a special focus on the early first millennium BC. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach structured around the concepts of identity and materiality, this book addresses the appearance of a range of key phenomena that continue to shape our world.
Categories: Social Science

Towards Social Stability and Democratic Governance in Central Eurasia

Towards Social Stability and Democratic Governance in Central Eurasia

John Armstrong and then Anthony D . Smith 2 were first to use the term
mythomoteur as a " myth - symbol complex " used for ... Although using the
mythologization of history to legitimize the state dates back to ancient times ,
nation - centred ...

Author: Irina Morozova

Publisher: Ios PressInc

ISBN: UOM:39015063367265

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 309

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Provides the contributors' views on the socio-political challenges confronting the nine Central Eurasian states. This book presents scientific discussions on the historical development of Central Eurasia and its sociocultural legacies; Soviet and contemporary state organisation, social transformation and communal structures; and more.
Categories: Business & Economics

M moires de la Soci t finno ougrienne

M  moires de la Soci  t   finno ougrienne

2009 : Formation of the Eurasian steppe belt cultures , viewed through the lens of
archaeometallurgy and radiocarbon dating . - Bryan K. Hanks & Katheryn M.
Linduff ( eds ) , Social complexity in prehistoric Eurasia : Monuments , metals ,
and ...

Author: Suomalais-ugrilainen Seura

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:L0105507636

Category: Finno-Ugrians

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The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

... Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World . Princeton , N.J .: Princeton
University Press . . 2009. “ The Sintashta Genesis : The Roles of Climate Change
, Warfare , and Long - Distance Trade . ” In Social Complexity in Prehistoric
Eurasia ...

Author: Lothar von Falkenhausen

Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

ISBN: UIUC:30112108517985

Category: Art

Page: 259

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The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors is a co-publication of the Cotsen Occasional Press and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press. Volume I, The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors: Catalogue, includes an engaging foreword by Lloyd Cotsen, an overview of major Chinese dynasties and periods, and a brief history of Chinese bronze mirrors by Suzanne Cahill. This volume presents a detailed catalogue of the extensive Cotsen Collection through high-quality images and illustrations of the mirrors in their approximate chronological sequence. Volume II, a set of eleven scholarly essays, goes further to investigate these mirrors as a study collection. Guided by the conviction that this particular constellation of mirrors may lead to substantive insights that cannot easily be obtained otherwise, the leading scholars who contributed to this volume used the materials in Volume I as a point of departure for explorations of topics of their own choice. The resulting diversity of the chapters is notablewith coverage ranging from a discussion of Han mirror inscriptions as modular texts to an analysis of mirrors inlaid with mother of pearland the findings are as novel and stimulating as they are preliminary.
Categories: Art

Social Orders and Social Landscapes

Social Orders and Social Landscapes

Social Orders and Social Landscapes is the product of the second Chicago conference held in spring 2005. The editors of the volume should be proud of their efforts that have resulted in such a broad ranging and prompt publication.

Author: Charles W. Hartley

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527566118

Category: Social Science

Page: 500

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Social Orders and Social Landscapes marks a new direction in research for Eurasian archaeology that focuses on how people lived in their local environment and interacted with their near and distant neighbours, rather than on overarching comparisons of archaeological culture complexes. Stemming from the 2005 University of Chicago Eurasian Archaeology Conference, the papers collected here reflect this new research agenda, though the way in which each author addressed the theme of the conference, and thus the book, was strikingly varied. This diversity arises out of the field’s intellectual flux driven by the principled engagement of the rich analytical traditions of the Soviet/CIS, Anglo-American, and European schools. Despite the variability in approaches and subject matter, several key themes emerged: 1) the reinterpretation culture categories by examining particular aspects of social life; 2) the role social memory plays in the production of landscape and place; 3) the influence of the built environment on societies; and 4) the ways in which economic considerations affect social orders and landscapes. The result is a book that helps to re-image Eurasia as a complex landscape fragmented by historically contingent and shifting ecological and social boundaries rather than a bounded mosaic of culture areas or environmental zones. “Scholarly research on Eurasia was transformed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Entire areas and fields of research became accessible to European and American scholars for the first time, resulting in the emergence of new centers specializing in primary field investigations throughout the vast, politically transformed landmass of Eurasia. One such center is the University of Chicago that has recently sponsored two large international conferences on Eurasian archaeology. Social Orders and Social Landscapes is the product of the second Chicago conference held in spring 2005. The editors of the volume should be proud of their efforts that have resulted in such a broad ranging and prompt publication. The articles encompass a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, history, art history, palynology, and zooarchaeology; extend chronologically from Neolithic and Bronze Age times to the formation of national identity in Turkey in the early 20th century; and range geographically from Europe to China. Several articles reconstruct basic subsistence activities; others analyze distinctive settlement types and political and cultural frontiers, including the assimilation and emergence of new, self-defined ethnic groups and the selective adoption of new systems of religious belief. What unites this diverse collection is their consistent emphasis on the social construction of reality and the production of social landscapes and memories that altered perceptions of the physical world and mediated the practical activities that here have been convincingly reconstructed from the archaeological record. In so doing, rigid stereotypes are questioned and novel interpretations persuasively advanced. Early Bronze Age pastoralism on the south Russian steppes did not consist exclusively of herding animals nor was it combined, as it was later in the Iron Age, with the pursuit of agriculture; rather, D. Anthony and D. Brown suggest that at least in the Samara river valley the herding of animals occurred along side the intensive gathering of wild, nutritionally rich plants. The kalas of ancient Chorasmia are not cities, nor even proto-urban formations, but rather are large, heavily fortified enclosures meant to repel attacks of armed nomadic cavalry. They represent a continuation of a distinct Central Asian settlement pattern that began in the Bronze Age and that formed the center of a landscape divided into contiguous, self-contained oases. The Mongols not only herded livestock, but also farmed, fished, hunted, and traded throughout the vast area that they had conquered, uniting most of Eurasia into a single, economically integrated system. New perspectives proliferate throughout this richly detailed and extremely broad ranging collected volume.” — Phil Kohl, Professor of Anthropology and the Kathryn W. Davis Professor of Slavic Studies at Wellesley College “ “Social Orders and Social Landscapes” is a stimulating addition to the still small literature in English making the rich datasets from the archaeology of Eurasia widely accessible to Western scholars. The authors of the eighteen chapters analyze data from China to the Mediterranean, from the fourth millennium BCE through the fourteenth century CE, with the tools of art and architectural history, text analysis, paleobotany and paleozoology, and anthropological theory, among others. The product of a conference at the University of Chicago, this book fulfils the goal of the graduate student organizers to apply interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the archaeology and history of the Eurasian landmass in local terms through a focus on “how people lived in their local environments.” In the decade and a half since the end of the Soviet Union, scholarly communication has broadened and the mutual influences have stimulated many new and thought provoking views on the Eurasian past. This book is an exemplary product of the new scholarly discourse.” — Karen S. Rubinson, Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University
Categories: Social Science

Ceramic Studies

Ceramic Studies

A collection of ten wide-ranging papers from a session on ceramics at the 2002 EAA Thessaloniki conference and from the e-journal Studia Vasorum (2002) on the subject of ceramic studies.

Author: Dragos Gheorghiu

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015064799698

Category: Social Science

Page: 84

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A collection of ten wide-ranging papers from a session on ceramics at the 2002 EAA Thessaloniki conference and from the e-journal Studia Vasorum (2002) on the subject of ceramic studies.
Categories: Social Science

Asian Perspectives

Asian Perspectives

The Eurasian steppe traditions of high mobility and dispersed populations ,
diverse subsistence economies , long - distance ... for fascinating comparisons
when studying issues of pastoral nomadic society , as well as social process
more generally . ... Mongolia in particular adds a distinctive material record with
relevance for research on variation in forms of complexity ... When applied to
Mongolian prehistory , such a model underestimates and oversimplifies both the
subsistence and ...

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ISBN: UCSC:32106019433272

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Categories: Asia