Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia

Challenges current interpretations of social and cultural change in prehistoric Eurasia, through a thematic investigation of archaeological patterns.

Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia

Author: Bryan K. Hanks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521517125

Page: 417

View: 572

Challenges current interpretations of social and cultural change in prehistoric Eurasia, through a thematic investigation of archaeological patterns.

Fruit from the Sands

Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia: Monuments, Metals and Mobility.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hansen, Valerie. 2003. “The Hejia
Village hoard: A snapshot of China's Silk Road trade.” Orientations 34 (2): 14–19.
Hanson ...

Fruit from the Sands

Author: Robert N. Spengler

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520379268

Page: 392

View: 105

"A comprehensive and entertaining historical and botanical review, providing an enjoyable and cognitive read.”—Nature The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.

Tying the Threads of Eurasia

Archaeology , Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia 37 ( 1 ) : 25-33 . Knappett ,
C. 2002. Photographs , Skeuomorphs ... In Social Complexity in Prehistoric
Eurasia : Monuments , Metals and Mobility . B. K. Hanks and K. M. Linduff ( eds . )
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Tying the Threads of Eurasia

Author: Toby C. Wilkinson

Publisher:

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Page: 406

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The famous 'Silk Roads' have long evoked a romantic picture of travel through colourful civilizations, but how far back can we trace these trade-networks?

Death Rituals and Social Order in the Ancient World

The Sintashta genesis: The roles of climate change, warfare, and long-distance
trade, in Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia: Monuments, Metals and
Mobility, eds. B. Hanks & K. Linduff. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 47–
73.

Death Rituals and Social Order in the Ancient World

Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107082730

Page: 460

View: 233

This volume, with essays by leading archaeologists and prehistorians, considers how prehistoric humans attempted to recognise, understand and conceptualise death.

The Evolution of Social Institutions

Vladivostok: Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Fitzhugh,
W. 2009. Pre-Scythian Ceremonialism, Deer Stone Art, and Cultural
Intensification in Northern Mongolia. In Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eurasia:
Monuments, ...

The Evolution of Social Institutions

Author: Dmitri M. Bondarenko

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030514374

Page: 661

View: 458

This book presents a novel and innovative approach to the study of social evolution using case studies from the Old and the New World, from prehistory to the present. This approach is based on examining social evolution through the evolution of social institutions. Evolution is defined as the process of structural change. Within this framework the society, or culture, is seen as a system composed of a vast number of social institutions that are constantly interacting and changing. As a result, the structure of society as a whole is also evolving and changing. The authors posit that the combination of evolving social institutions explains the non-linear character of social evolution and that every society develops along its own pathway and pace. Within this framework, society should be seen as the result of the compound effect of the interactions of social institutions specific to it. Further, the transformation of social institutions and relations between them is taking place not only within individual societies but also globally, as institutions may be trans-societal, and even institutions that operate in one society can arise as a reaction to trans-societal trends and demands. The book argues that it may be more productive to look at institutions even within a given society as being parts of trans-societal systems of institutions since, despite their interconnectedness, societies still have boundaries, which their members usually know and respect. Accordingly, the book is a must-read for researchers and scholars in various disciplines who are interested in a better understanding of the origins, history, successes and failures of social institutions.

Complex Societies of Central Eurasia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium BC

Mei , Jianjun and Colin Shell 1998 Copper and Bronze Metallurgy in Late
Prehistoric Xinjiang . ... Shelach , G . 1994 Social Complexity in North China
during the Early Bronze Age : A Comparative Study of the Erlitou and Lower
Xiajiadian ...

Complex Societies of Central Eurasia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium BC

Author: Karlene Jones-Bley

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780941694834

Page: 633

View: 324

I. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?ETHNOS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE: The Indo-European Problem and the Exploitation of the Eurasian SteppesEthnic and Cultural Interconnections between Iran and Turan in the 2nd Millennium BCTowards A Possible Linguistic Interpretation of the ArkaimArkaim and the Indo-Iranian VarAvestan ?Yima?s Town? in Historical and Archaeological PerspectiveIndo-European Burial, the ?Rig Veda,? and ?Avesta?Archaeological Mythology and Some Real Problems of the Current Archaeology.II. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?GENERAL PROBLEMS:Social Landscape of Central Eurasia in the Bronze and Iron Ages?Tendencies, Factors, and Limits of Transformation.III. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?STUDING SINTASHTA:Planography of the Fortified Centers of the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Trans-UralsComplex Societies and the Possibilities to Diagnose them on the Basis of Archaeological DataThe Sintashta Culture and the Indo-European Problem?Proto-towns? of the Bronze Age in the South Urals and Ancient KhorasmiaOn the Problem of Chronological Correlation between Sintashta Type and MRC SitesThe Cemetery of Bestamak and the Structure of the CommunitySintashta Burial Sacrifice?The Bolshekaragansky Cemetery in FocusAnimals in the Burial Rite of the Population of the Volga-Ural AreaIV. COMPLEX SOCIETIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA?THE ENEOLITHIC AND BRONZE AGES:Yamnaya (Pit-Grave) Culture in the South Urals AreaThe Trans-Ural Eneolithic Sanctuaries with Astronomical Reference PointsCircular Settlements in the Lower Tobal AreaThe Regional Differences of the Prestige Bronze Ages Burials SpearsRegional Peculiarities of Technology of the Shield Cheekpiece Production

Archaeology Ethnology Anthropology of Eurasia

period , symbolic aspects of social life were developed and established , of which
burial customs and the use of mobiliary ... Nonetheless , there is no visible
diachronic increase in structural dimension , inner complexity of room numbers ,
or even in the shape of the structure . ... the Jerusalem Center for Anthropological
Studies , the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation , the M. Stekelis Museum of Prehistory in
Haifa ...

Archaeology  Ethnology   Anthropology of Eurasia

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Prehistoric Hunter gatherers

Collection of theoretical papers and case studies on the themes of intensification, sedentism, affluence and the emergence of social inequality; paper by H. Lourandos separately annotated.

Prehistoric Hunter gatherers

Author: Theron Douglas Price

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 450

View: 966

Collection of theoretical papers and case studies on the themes of intensification, sedentism, affluence and the emergence of social inequality; paper by H. Lourandos separately annotated.

Nomads and Networks

The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan Sören Stark, Karen Sydney Rubinson,
Zaĭnolla Samashevich Samashev, Jennifer ... In Social Complexity in Prebistoric
Eurasia : Monuments , Metals and Mobility , edited by B. Hanks and K. Linduff ...

Nomads and Networks

Author: Sören Stark

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN:

Page: 195

View: 927

Presents an unparalleled overview of the sophisticated culture of pastoral nomadic populations who lived on the territory of present-day Kazakhstan from roughly the middle of the first millennium BCE to the early centuries CE.--Book Jacket.

Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

This volume examines the role of objects in the region north of early dynastic state centers, at the intersection of Ancient China and Eurasia, a large area that stretches from Xinjiang to the China Sea, from c.3000 BCE to the mid-eighth ...

Ancient China and its Eurasian Neighbors

Author: Katheryn M. Linduff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108418619

Page:

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This volume looks at the effects of interaction and the nature of identity construction in a frontier or contact zone through the analysis of material culture, especially in mortuary settings.

The Roots of Peoples and Languages of Northern Eurasia I

Jensen , J . , 1982 : The Prehistory of Denmark . ... Makka y , J . , 1992 : A
neolithic model of Indo - Euro - pean prehistory . ... Sherratt , A . , 1990 : The
genesis of megaliths : Monumentality , ethnicity and social complexity in Neolithic
North ...

The Roots of Peoples and Languages of Northern Eurasia I

Author: Kyösti Julku

Publisher: Finno-Ugric Historical Society

ISBN:

Page: 201

View: 127

Fourteen papers discuss the origins of Baltic Finns, their culture and linguistics and their relationships with early Indo-Europeans. The authors re-evaluate the idea that northern Europeans 'came from the east'!

The Prehistory of Asia and Oceania

mithological world outlook a social order and stratification were primarily
reflected by funerial rituals . ... The cultures of temperate eurasian zone as their
close periphery were much influenced by them , but not so much economically
because of different environmental resources , - rather ... It was a time of most
active search in technology and in military field accompanied by social
complexity progression .

The Prehistory of Asia and Oceania

Author: G. E. Afanasʹev

Publisher: Abaco (Sarzana)

ISBN:

Page: 339

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Towards Social Stability and Democratic Governance in Central Eurasia

John Armstrong and then Anthony D . Smith 2 were first to use the term
mythomoteur as a " myth - symbol complex " used for ... Although using the
mythologization of history to legitimize the state dates back to ancient times ,
nation - centred ...

Towards Social Stability and Democratic Governance in Central Eurasia

Author: Irina Morozova

Publisher: Ios PressInc

ISBN:

Page: 309

View: 997

Provides the contributors' views on the socio-political challenges confronting the nine Central Eurasian states. This book presents scientific discussions on the historical development of Central Eurasia and its sociocultural legacies; Soviet and contemporary state organisation, social transformation and communal structures; and more.

Late Prehistoric Exploitation of the Eurasian Steppe

On the other hand , the integrity of the Sredny Stog culture suffered because
significant parts of the material complex along with the ritual features of the
burials ... But these peculiarities evidenced not so much cultural as social
differences .

Late Prehistoric Exploitation of the Eurasian Steppe

Author: Marsha Levine

Publisher: McDonald Inst of Archeological

ISBN:

Page: 216

View: 402

The nomadic peoples of the great grasslands of the former USSR have left little in the way of settlement evidence, and archaeologists studying their history have had to rely on environmental remains to reconstruct their pasts. This book contains three major studies: The origins of horse husbandry on the Eurasian Steppe (M Levine) ; The eneolithic of the Black Sea Steppe: The dynamics of cultural and economic development 4500-2300 BC (Y Rassamakin) , and The Eastern Ural steppe at the end of the Stone Age (A Kislenko and N Tatarintseva) . Each presents evidence that has not previously been available to European prehistorians. The whole provides an important contribution to European prehistory, and provides background to the ongoing discussions on the prehistory of language.

Mobility and Ancient Society in Asia and the Americas

Ultimately, this book provides a unique synthetic perspective that bridges Asia and the Americas and brings the ancient evidence from both sides of the Bering Strait into common focus.

Mobility and Ancient Society in Asia and the Americas

Author: Michael David Frachetti

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331915138X

Page: 202

View: 625

Mobility and Ancient Society in Asia and the Americas contains contributions by leading international scholars concerning the character, timing, and geography of regional migrations that led to the dispersal of human societies from Inner and northeast Asia to the New World in the Upper Pleistocene (ca. 20,000-15,000 years ago). This volume bridges scholarly traditions from Europe, Central Asia, and North and South America, bringing different perspectives into a common view. The book presents an international overview of an ongoing discussion that is relevant to the ancient history of both Eurasia and the Americas. The content of the chapters provides both geographic and conceptual coverage of main currents in contemporary scholarly research, including case studies from Inner Asia (Kazakhstan), southwest Siberia, northeast Siberia, and North and South America. The chapters consider the trajectories, ecology, and social dynamics of ancient mobility, communication, and adaptation in both Eurasia and the Americas, using diverse methodologies of data recovery ranging from archaeology, historical linguistics, ancient DNA, human osteology, and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Although methodologically diverse, the chapters are each broadly synthetic in nature and present current scholarly views of when, and in which ways, societies from northeast Asia ultimately spread eastward (and southward) into North and South America, and how we might reconstruct the cultures and adaptations related to Paleolithic groups. Ultimately, this book provides a unique synthetic perspective that bridges Asia and the Americas and brings the ancient evidence from both sides of the Bering Strait into common focus.

Histories of Old Ages

Occasional Papers in Prehistory 18 . Jones , R ... The Origins and Spread of
Agriculture and Pastoralism in Eurasia , pp . ... Yoffee , N . 1985 Perspectives on '
trends towards social complexity in prehistoric Australia and Papua New Guinea '
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Histories of Old Ages

Author: Rhys M. Jones

Publisher: Pandanus Books

ISBN:

Page: 444

View: 393

The papers cover an appropriately wide range of topics, but most take up themes that have loomed large in Rhys' research. Perhaps foremost amongst these has been his career-long concern with the age, nature and impact of initial human colonization in Greater Australia.

The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

... Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World . Princeton , N.J .: Princeton
University Press . . 2009. “ The Sintashta Genesis : The Roles of Climate Change
, Warfare , and Long - Distance Trade . ” In Social Complexity in Prehistoric
Eurasia ...

The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

Author: Lothar von Falkenhausen

Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

ISBN:

Page: 259

View: 165

The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors is a co-publication of the Cotsen Occasional Press and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press. Volume I, The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors: Catalogue, includes an engaging foreword by Lloyd Cotsen, an overview of major Chinese dynasties and periods, and a brief history of Chinese bronze mirrors by Suzanne Cahill. This volume presents a detailed catalogue of the extensive Cotsen Collection through high-quality images and illustrations of the mirrors in their approximate chronological sequence. Volume II, a set of eleven scholarly essays, goes further to investigate these mirrors as a study collection. Guided by the conviction that this particular constellation of mirrors may lead to substantive insights that cannot easily be obtained otherwise, the leading scholars who contributed to this volume used the materials in Volume I as a point of departure for explorations of topics of their own choice. The resulting diversity of the chapters is notablewith coverage ranging from a discussion of Han mirror inscriptions as modular texts to an analysis of mirrors inlaid with mother of pearland the findings are as novel and stimulating as they are preliminary.