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
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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List of contributors
Preface by Timothy K. Earle
Part 1. Theory from and for the field.
1 Reconsidering egalitarianism for archaeological interpretation
I. Sastre and B.X. Currás
2 Interpreting the Dialectic of Sociopolitical Tensions in the Archaeological Past: Implications of an Anarchist Perspective for Iron Age Societies
3 Egalitarianism as an Active Process: Legitimacy and Distributed Power in Iron Age West Africa
4 Anarchy in the Bronze Age? Social Organization and Complexity in Sardinia
R. Araque González
5 Reconstructing Iron Age Societies: what went wrong
6 Egalitarianism in the southern British Iron Age: An ‘archaeology’ of knowledge
7 Segmentary societies: a theoretical approach from the European Iron Age archaeology
B.X. Currás and I. Sastre
Part 2. The different Iron Ages. Critical insights in a comparative perspective.
8 All together now (or not). Change, resistance and resilience in the NW Iberian Peninsula in the Bronze Age - Iron Age transition
C. Parcero et al.
9 Characterising ‘communities’ in the Early Iron Age of southern Britain
10 Heterarchical communities in Iron Age Scotland
11 Confusing Iron Ages: communities of the middle Danube region between ‘tribal hierarchy’ and heterarchy
12 A bit of anarchy in the Iron Age: new perspectives on social structure in the Dutch coastal area of North-Holland
13 Iron Age Religions beyond Warrior Ideologies
14 Monumentalising the domestic: House Societies in Atlantic Scotland
Part 3. From the core of the State: new visions on Mediterranean societies.
15 Social Theory and the Greek Iron Age
16 The peasantry as a social theory, and its application to Celtiberian society
F. Burillo and P. Burillo
17 Social dynamics in Eastern Iberia Iron Age: between inclusive and exclusionary strategies