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The Danube and settlement prehistory – 80 years on.

Chapman, John (2009) 'The Danube and settlement prehistory – 80 years on.', European journal of archaeology., 12 (1-3). pp. 145-156.

Abstract

Although commentators have discussed myriad themes presented in the rich and extensive oeuvre of Childe, one of the topics that has been, in my view, seriously neglected is the topic of settlement types. In this article, I seek to make good this omission, starting from a consideration of The Danube in Prehistory. The basis of Childe’s ideas on settlement types in the Neolithic and Copper Age of eastern Europe was a binary classification into ‘tells’ and ‘flat sites’ that, in turn, reflected a division between permanent and shifting cultivation and greater and lesser cultural complexity. However, the introduction into this debate of questions of trade, surplus production, and Neolithic ‘self-sufficiency’, as well as metallurgy and ritual, meant that the initial binary classification left a series of contradictions that Childe struggled to transcend in the last decade of his life.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Binary classification, Cultural complexity, Economic basis, Land ownership, Neolithic self-sufficiency, Tells versus flat sites, Vere Gordon Childe.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461957109342798
Record Created:23 Feb 2012 02:50
Last Modified:18 Jul 2012 16:56

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