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Iron Age Ceramics and Phrygian Gordion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2022

Lisa Kealhofer
Affiliation:
Santa Clara University, California
Peter Grave
Affiliation:
University of New England, Australia
Mary M. Voigt
Affiliation:
College of William and Mary, Virginia
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Archaeologists have long grappled with understanding the nature of transformations in human societies. Some of these transformations are seen as “revolutionary,” including the development of tools, the creation of imagery, the domestication of plants and animals, and the rise of urban and state-level societies. While the complexity and diversity of these reconfigurations has become more apparent with every new study, social group restructuring is crucial to each. Cultural transformations may share characteristics, but the organization and workings of social groups appear specific to each threshold of change. From this perspective, we argue that fundamental societal transformations are more intimately entangled with innovations in group formation – new modes of kin definition, religious groupings, political organizations and manipulation of ancient social media – than driven by technological innovation.

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Ancient Gordion , pp. 1 - 11
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.001
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  • Introduction
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.001
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  • Introduction
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.001
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