Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action (BOK)

Aubrey Cannon

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Hunter-gatherer societies are constrained by their environment and the technologies available to them. However, until now the role of culture in foraging communities has not been widely considered. 'Structured Worlds' examines the role of cosmology, values, and perceptions in the archaeological histories of hunter-fisher-gatherers. The essays examine a range of cultures - Mesolithic Europe, Siberia, Jomon Japan, the Northwest Coast, the northern Plains, and High Arctic of North America - to show the role of conceptual frameworks in subsistence and settlement, technology, mobility, migration, demography, and social organization. Spanning from the early Holocene period to the present day, 'Structured Worlds' draws on archaeology and ethnography to explore the role of beliefs, ritual, and social values in the interaction between foragers and their physical and social landscape. Material culture, animal bones and settlement patterns show that the behaviours of hunter-gatherers were shaped as much by cultural concepts as by material need.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2011
Forfatter Aubrey Cannon Forlag
Equinox Publishing Ltd
ISBN 9781845530808 Antall sider 288
Dimensjoner 17,4cm x 24,6cm x 2,3cm Vekt 590 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form Archaeological theory