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Centre and Periphery : Comparative Studies in Archaeology
This unique volume explores the relationship between the centre, the base of power and influence, and the periphery of societies. In recent years there has been much interest in the social sciences in the concepts of centre and periphery. Archaeology too has begun to investigate these concepts and this collection offers a wide range of case studies and perspectives from scholars of many background.
Centre and Periphery includes a variety of fascinasting studies covering the relationship between concepts of centre and periphery and the rise of European world systems, long-distance contacts between societies and long-term social transformation. The contributors also examine the mechanisms that reinforced inequalities in social relations, distribution of power, access to knowledge, control over symbolism and ritual, religious cults and vene literacy.
By placing archaeology firmly within a broader field of debate embracing anthropology, sociology and history, Centre and Peripherry forges vital links between archaeology and these disciplines. It is essential reading for archaeologists, anthropologists and social historians,
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