The Archaeology of Tribal Societies

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William A. Parkinson
Berghahn Books, Mar 1, 2002 - Social Science - 348 pages

Anthropological archaeologists have long attempted to develop models that will let them better understand the evolution of human social organization. In our search to understand how chiefdoms and states evolve, and how those societies differ from egalitarian 'bands', we have neglected to develop models that will aid the understanding of the wide range of variability that exists between them. This volume attempts to fill this gap by exploring social organization in tribal - or 'autonomous village' - societies from several different ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological contexts - from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period in the Near East to the contemporary Jivaro of Amazonia.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 From Social Type to Social Process
13
Chapter 3 The Tribal Village and Its Culture
34
Chapter 4 The Long and the Short of a War Leaders Arena
53
Chapter 5 Inequality and Egalitarian Rebellion a Tribal Dialectic in Tonga History
74
Chapter 6 The Dynamics of Ethnicity in Tribal Society
97
Chapter 7 Modeling the Formation and Evolution of an Illyrian Tribal System
109
Chapter 8 Mobility and the Organization of Prehispanic Southwest Communities
123
Chapter 11 Material Indicators of Territory Identity and Interaction in a Prehistoric Tribal System
200
Chapter 12 Hopewell Tribes
227
Chapter 13 The Evolution of Tribal Social Organization in theSoutheastern United States
246
Chapter 14 Mesoamericas Tribal Foundations
278
Chapter 15 Early Neolithic Tribes in the Levant
340
Chapter 16 A Neolithic Tribal Society in Northern Poland
372
Chapter 17 Some Aspects of the Social Organization of the LBK ofBelgium
384
Chapter 18 Integration Interaction and Tribal Cycling
391

Chapter 9 Building Consensus
155
Chapter 10 Fractal Archaeology
173

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William A. Parkinson is Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.

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