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The Archaeology of Rank Paul K. Wason (Bates College, Maine)

The Archaeology of Rank By Paul K. Wason (Bates College, Maine)

The Archaeology of Rank by Paul K. Wason (Bates College, Maine)


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How might archaeologists use the traces left by a former society to discover how that society was ordered - whether a people lived under a hierarchy of different statuses or under a more egalitarian regime? What is ranking and how do different kinds of ranking affect the quality of life? These are the questions addressed by Paul Wason in The Archaeology of Rank.

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The Archaeology of Rank by Paul K. Wason (Bates College, Maine)

Social archaeology is concerned with how one might use the archaeological record of the present to elucidate how social interactions were ordered in a past society. This requires a meaningful model of society, considerable archaeological data, and a reliable connection between them. A major goal of this book is to improve our understanding of one aspect of social archaeology, the inference of status hierarchy. The first section covers what is involved in social inference, and presents ideas on how it may be done reliably. In the following section, the typological models of Elman Service and Morton Fried are used to clarify certain aspects of ranking. The final section draws together a number of insights concerning the recognition of status inequality. These approaches are given systematic arrangement and evaluated in light of the model of social inference. This arrangement clarifies how they relate to each other, making it easier to see how they may be applied in varied real contexts, and stimulates new ideas for more correlations of ranking.

The Archaeology of Rank Reviews

'The book explains the various models of social theory used by archaeologists and provides a coherent review of their respective value in generating inferences from the archaeological record ... an important contribution to the field.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Table of Contents

1. The present study of past society; 2. Social theory and social life; 3. Inequality and social life: a working model; 4. Mortuary data as evidence of ranking; 5. Mortuary data as evidence of ranking; 6. The form and distribution of artifacts; 7. Status, settlements, and structures; 8. Catal Huyuk: a ranked Neolithic town in Anatolia?; Notes; References; Index.

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NLS9780521612005
9780521612005
0521612004
The Archaeology of Rank by Paul K. Wason (Bates College, Maine)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-11-11
224
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