Making Places in the Prehistoric World: Themes in Settlement by Joanna Bruck, Melissa Goodman

By Joanna Bruck, Melissa Goodman

This paintings explores the culturally-constructed nature of prehistoric cost when it comes to position, technique and perform. Posing serious questions, reminiscent of "how will we outline and determine payment units?", a staff of members examine matters akin to the effect of gender and family members constructs at the examine of payment during this interval. studying a number of parts of archaeological reserach, the individuals inter-link either humans and panorama during the building of biographies of position. Case reports contain: Mississippian and pueblo North the USA; neolithic and bronze age Britain; modern Southern Africa; and Joman Japan.

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The act of settling at a locale involves reference to the previous use of that place. Conversely, settlements may themselves be commemorated through the construction of later monuments on the same site. In this way, settlements are intimately bound up with the biographies of particular individuals and groups (see Pollard, Chapter 5, this volume). Such biographies are made up of constellations of relationships and events that are inseparable from the places where these are experienced. These relationships and events are strung in a sequence through time such that human identities are constructed in narrative form.

First, emphasis is shifted away from a focus on defining the kind of site under study. The site becomes merely a nodal concentration of artefacts that may (but does not necessarily) imply a locus of activity in the past. Second, instead of seeing a static concentration of people in the past, what is envisaged is people who are perhaps doing more things at one particular place than another, and spending more time at one place than another, but who are nevertheless generally understood to be constantly on the move.

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