Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control

1st Edition

Linda R. Manzanilla, Mitchell Rothman

Routledge
Published May 18, 2016
Reference - 350 Pages
ISBN 9781629583020 - CAT# Y266047

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Summary

The ability to accumulate and store large amounts of goods is a key feature of complex societies in ancient times. Storage strategies reflect the broader economic and political organization of a society and changes in the development of control mechanisms in both administrative and non-administrative—often kinship based—sectors. This is the first volume to examine storage practices in ancient complex societies from a comparative perspective. This volume includes 14 original papers by leading archaeologists from four continents which compare storage systems in three key regions with lengthy traditions of complexity: the ancient Near East, Mesoamerica, and Andes. Storage in Ancient Complex Societies demonstrates the importance of understanding storage for the study of cultural evolution.

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