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The comparative archaeology of complex societies
edited by Michael E. Smith

Published 2012 by Cambridge University Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"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"--

Table of Contents

Comparative archaeology : a commitment to understanding variation / Robert D. Drennan ... [et al.]
Approaches to comparative analysis in archaeology / Michael E. Smith and Peter Peregrine
Comparative frames for the diachronic analysis of complex societies : next steps / Gary M. Feinman
What it takes to get complex : food, goods, and work as shared cultural ideals form the beginning of sedentism / Monica L. Smith
Challenges for comparative study of early complex societies / Robert D. Drennan and Christian E. Peterson
Patterned variation in regional trajectories of community growth / Christian E. Peterson and Robert D. Drennan
The genesis of monuments in island societies / Michael J. Kolb
Power and legitimation : political strategies, typology and cultural evolution / Peter Peregrine
The strategies of provincials in empires / Barbara L. Stark and John K. Chase
Household economies under the Aztec and Inka empires : a comparison / Timothy Earle and Michael E. Smith
Low-density, agrarian-based urbanism : scale, power, and ecology / Roland Fletcher
Archaeology, early complex societies, and comparative social science history / Michael E. Smith.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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Library of Congress
CC72.4 .C69 2012

The Physical Object

xxii, 334 p. :
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0521197910, 0521142121
9780521197915, 9780521142120
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