Archaeologies of Complexity
By (author) Robert Chapman
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Archaeologies of Complexity by Robert Chapman
Book DescriptionAn up-to-date and critical analysis of how archaeologists study past societies, Archaeologies of Complexity addresses the nature of contemporary archaeology and the study of social change, and debates the transition from perceived simple, egalitarian societies to the complex power structures and divisions of our modern world. Since the eighteenth century, archaeologists have examined complexity in terms of successive types of societies, from early bands, tribes and chiefdoms to states; through stages of social evolution, including 'savagery', 'barbarism' and 'civilisation', to the present state of complexity and inequality. Presenting a radical, alternative view of ancient state societies, the book explains the often ambiguous terms of 'complexity', 'hierarchy' and inequality' and provides a critical account of the Anglo-American research of the last forty years which has heavily influenced the subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415273084
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Chapman
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Emerging Complexity, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Robert Chapman
At the heart of Emerging Complexity is the thesis that complex societies developed independently during the Copper and Bronze Ages in south-east Spain.
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Author Biography - Robert Chapman
Robert Chapman is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading.
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