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Creating Society and Constructing the Past: Social Change in the Thames Valley from the Late Bronze Age to the Middle Iron AgeAlex Davies 2018 © BAR Publishing
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This book gives a new account of society and social change in the upper and middle Thames Valley from the Late Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age, 1150-100 BC. A model is developed from social anthropological case studies setting out expectations on how societies are structured based on certain material manifestations. Patterns are found within the wide range of types of evidence that are integrated and synthesised. This includes settlements, house forms, metalwork, pottery, human and animal remains, monuments, landscape boundaries and special deposits.The main interpretation offered is that Late Bronze Age societies were fluid and unstructured by either social status differences or lineage identities, whereas Early Iron Age communities were more concerned with ancestral genealogy and inter-generational inheritance. By the Middle Iron Age, communal aspects of ritual practice and material practice were largely replaced by local and household concerns in which smaller groups displayed increasing autonomy from each other.
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- Ritual / Religion / Temples
- Theory and Method (general titles)
- Landscape Archaeology
- Ceramics and Pottery Studies
- British Isles
- Death / Burial / Cemeteries / Tombs
- Trade / Exchange / Travel / Economy
- Metal Objects
- Identity / Gender / Childhood / Ethnicity / Romanization
- Bronze Age and Iron Age
- Ethnoarchaeology / Anthropology
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