Alternative Iron Ages: Social Theory from Archaeological Analysis

1st Edition

Brais X. Currás, Inés Sastre

September 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 400 Pages - 69 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138541023 - CAT# K375098
Series: Routledge Studies in Archaeology


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Alternative Iron Ages examines Iron Age social formations that sit outside traditional paradigms, developing methods for archaeological characterization of alternative models of society. In so doing it contributes to the debates concerning the construction and resistance of inequality taking place in archaeology, anthropology and sociology.

In recent years, Iron Age research on Western Europe has moved towards new forms of understanding social formations. Yet these alternative social formations continue to be considered as basic human social formations, which frequently imply marginality and primitivism. In this context, the grand narrative of the European Iron Age continues to be defined by cultural foci, which hide the great regional variety into an artificially homogenous area. This book challenges the traditional classical evolutionist narratives by exploring concepts such as non-triangular societies, heterarchy and segmentarity across regional case studies to test and propose alternative social models for Iron Age social formations.

Constructing new social theory both archaeologically based and supported by sociological and anthropological theory, the book is perfect for those looking to examine and understand life in the European Iron Age.

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