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Centre and Periphery : Comparative Studies in Archaeology
Centre and Periphery explores the varying dynamic relationships that have developed between the centerseen not as a simple physical location, but as a base of power and influenceand the periphery of societies. It initiates a new worldwide debate within archaeology which illuminates our understanding of long-term social transformations in pre-capitalist societies.
The contributors examine the mechanisms that reinforced inequalities in social relations, distribution of power, access to knowledge, control over symbolism and ritual, religious cults and even literacy. The implications for the archaeology of hierarchical societies are far-reaching. The book shows, through wide-ranging case studies, that the variety of material evidence discovered by archaeologists may reveal that in spite of the fact that peoples with a distinctive material culture were originally treated as homogenous, the rituals and political activities practiced by these peoples are, in many cases,unrepresentative of many groups within the community. The center of cultural practice differs fundamentally from the periphery.
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Taylor & Francis
November 14, 1995
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