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The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies

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"Eleven leading archeologists describe their research on ancient empires, states, and chiefdoms using a comparative perspective. By making comparisons among sites, regions, and artifacts, these scholars produce new understanding of diverse specific cases, from the towering ruins of Angkor to the houses of Inca peasants. The reader learns about the political strategies of kings and chiefs, the daily choices of ordinary households, and the creative ways in which ancient peoples built their cities and shaped their landscapes. In the process, these chapters illustrate how to do comparative analysis using archeological data"--


Michael E. Smith is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He has published widely in scholarly journals on Aztec society, Mesoamerican archaeology, ancient urbanism, and the comparative analysis of early state societies. He is the author and editor of eight books, including Aztec City-State Capitals, The Aztecs, and The Postclassic Mesoamerican World (co-edited with Frances F. Berdan).

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Part of a resurgence in the comparative study of ancient societies, this book presents case studies of states, empires and chiefdoms.


1. Comparative archaeology: a commitment to understanding variation all contributors; 2. Approaches to comparative analysis in archaeology Michael E. Smith and Peter Peregrine; 3. Comparative frames for the diachronic analysis of complex societies: next steps Gary M. Feinman; 4. What it takes to get complex: food, goods, and work as shared cultural ideals form the beginning of sedentism Monica L. Smith; 5. Challenges for comparative study of early complex societies Robert D. Drennan and Christian E. Peterson; 6. Patterned variation in regional trajectories of community growth Christian E. Peterson and Robert D. Drennan; 7. The genesis of monuments in island societies Michael J. Kolb; 8. Power and legitimation: political strategies, typology and cultural evolution Peter Peregrine; 9. The strategies of provincials in empires Barbara L. Stark and John K. Chase; 10. Households, economies, and power in the Aztec and Inka imperial provinces Timothy Earle and Michael E. Smith; 11. Low-density, agrarian-based urbanism: scale, power, and ecology Roland Fletcher; 12. Archaeology, early complex societies, and comparative social science history Michael E. Smith.

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Titre: The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies
Code EAN: 9780521142120
ISBN: 978-0-521-14212-0
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Cambridge Univ Pr
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 360
Poids: 475g
Taille: H237mm x B156mm x T20mm
Année: 2017
Auflage: New


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