The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies
Part of a resurgence in the comparative study of ancient societies, this book presents a variety of methods and approaches to comparative analysis through the examination of wide-ranging case studies. Each chapter is a comparative study, and the diverse topics and regions covered in the book contribute to the growing understanding of variation and change in ancient complex societies. The authors explore themes ranging from urbanization and settlement patterns, to the political strategies of kings and chiefs, to the economic choices of individuals and households. The case studies cover an array of geographical settings, from the Andes to Southeast Asia. The authors are leading archaeologists whose research on early empires, states, and chiefdoms is at the cutting edge of scientific archaeology.
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Chapter 3 Comparative Frames for the Diachronic Analysis of Complex Societies
Chapter 4 What It Takes to Get Complex
Chapter 5 Challenges for Comparative Study of Early Complex Societies
6 Patterned Variation in Regional Trajectories of Community Growth
Chapter 7 The Genesis of Monuments in Island Societies
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agricultural Alto Magdalena Ancient Angkor Anthropology Anuradhapura approach archaeological data architecture Aztec Empire Basin of Mexico Black Warrior Valley Blanton burials Cambridge University Press centers central century ceramics Chapter chiefdoms Chifeng cities Colonial comparative comparison complex societies construction contexts cross-cultural Cuexcomate cultural D’Altroy data threads domestic Drennan Earle early complex economic edited elites Evolution excavated farmsteads Feinman Figure groups growth hierarchical Hohokam households human imperial conquest important individuals Inka island Joyce Marcus labor landscape larger social formations leaders lulung Mantaro Mantaro Valley Maya Mehrgarh Mesoamerica Minoan monuments Morelos Moundville Nan Madol neoevolutionary neolithic organization Peregrine Period perspective political strategy Prehistoric production provincial Pueblo Rapa Nui regional trajectory ritual Santa Valley scale sequence Settlement Patterns Shandong Smith Spanish stone supra-local communities survey area tax rates temple Tikal tion Valley of Oaxaca variables variation villages Wanka Western Liao Valley Yautepec