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The making of Chalcolithic assembly places : Trypillia megasites as materialised consensus among equal strangers?

Nebbia, Marco and Gaydarska, Bisserka and Millard, Andrew and Chapman, John (2018) 'The making of Chalcolithic assembly places : Trypillia megasites as materialised consensus among equal strangers?', World archaeology., 50 (1). pp. 41-61.

Abstract

In the last decade, we have witnessed a second methodological revolution in research into the Trypillia megasites of Ukraine – the largest sites in fourth-millennium BC Europe and possibly the world. However, these methodological advances have not been accompanied by parallel advances in the understanding of the nature and development of the megasites. New data have led to a ‘tipping point’ which leads us to reject the traditional interpretation of megasites as long-term centres permanently occupied by tens of thousands of people. The contention of the alternative approach is the temporary, short-term dwelling of much smaller populations at megasites such as Nebelivka. In this article, the authors present two alternative models for the gradual emergence of the highly structured plan of the Trypillia megasite.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1474133
Publisher statement:© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:01 May 2018
Date deposited:03 May 2018
Date of first online publication:29 June 2018
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