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Title The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


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Description 1 online resource (358 pages)
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Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Social archaeology.
Social groups.
Complex organizations.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Tables; List of Figures; Contributors; Foreword by Jeremy A. Sabloff; Preface; CHAPTER 1 COMPARATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY; CHAPTER 2 APPROACHES TO COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS IN ARCHAEOLOGY; History of Comparative Research; Approaches to Comparison; Dimensions of Comparison; 1. Sample Size.; 2. Sample Selection.; 3. Contextualization.; 4. Scale.; 5. Primary Data, Secondary Data, and Interpretations.; 6. Archaeological and Historical Data.; 7. Synchronic versus Diachronic.; 8. Stage in the Research Trajectory.; 9. Spatial and Temporal Domain.
The Chapters that FollowReferences Cited; CHAPTER 3 COMPARATIVE FRAMES FOR THE DIACHRONIC ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES; The Challenge: Understanding Societal Change and Diversity; Expanding the Comparative Frame; Organizing Diversity within Hierarchical Modes; Means of Integration; Analytical Parallels in the Societal Modes of Integration; A Path toward Broader Understandings; Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions; References Cited; CHAPTER 4 WHAT IT TAKES TO GET COMPLEX; Food, Goods, and Work: The Material Signatures of Individual Decision Making; Trajectories in the Levant.
Trajectories in the Indus ValleyTrajectories in the American Southwest; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; References Cited; CHAPTER 5 CHALLENGES FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EARLY COMPLEX SOCIETIES; Richer Archaeological Information and Societal Variation; Archaeological Reconstruction and the Secondary Literature; Archaeological Data Threads; Dynamics of Societal Growth; References Cited; CHAPTER 6 PATTERNED VARIATION IN REGIONAL TRAJECTORIES OF COMMUNITY GROWTH; Initial Neolithic Communities; Trajectories of Community Growth from Initial Large Villages.
Trajectories of Community Growth from Initial Small VillagesTrajectories of Community Growth and Dispersed Rural Occupation; Modes of Growth; The Roles of Conflict; Public Works and Tax Rates; Dynamics of Political Economy; Extending the Comparative Analysis; Appendix: Data Sources and Analysis; Acknowledgments; References Cited; CHAPTER 7 THE GENESIS OF MONUMENTS IN ISLAND SOCIETIES; Pacific Islands; Mediterranean Islands; Comparisons; Conclusions; References Cited; CHAPTER 8 POWER AND LEGITIMATION; Variation and Typology; Political Strategy and Typology.
Political Strategy and Cultural EvolutionSummary and Conclusions; Appendix: Data and Coding Information; References Cited; CHAPTER 9 THE STRATEGIES OF PROVINCIALS IN EMPIRES; Empires; Concepts Concerning Strategies; Observations on Statecraft and Strategies; Provincials' Strategies; Summary and Discussion; Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Note; 10 HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIES UNDER THE AZTEC AND INKA EMPIRES; Dimensions of Comparison; The Inka and Aztec Empires; Contrasting Household Economies; Household Inventories and Patterns of Consumption; Craft Production and Household Specialization.
Summary Part of a resurgence in the comparative study of ancient societies, this book presents case studies of states, empires and chiefdoms.
Other Title Print version: Smith, Michael E. Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2011 9780521197915