Archaic States

Archaic States

Hardback School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series

Edited by Gary M. Feinman, Edited by Joyce Marcus, Contributions by John Baines, Contributions by Richard Blanton, Contributions by Kent V. Flannery, Contributions by Craig Morris, Contributions by Gregory L. Possehl, Contributions by David L. Webster, Contributions by Henry T. Wright, Contributions by Norman Yoffee

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  • Publisher: School of American Research Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 444 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 237mm x 35mm | 891g
  • Publication date: 15 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Fe
  • ISBN 10: 0933452985
  • ISBN 13: 9780933452985
  • Illustrations note: Ill.tabs.M.

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One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our ability to interpret a state's rise or fall. Archaic States presents new comparative studies of early states in the Old and New Worlds and identifies important avenues for research and discussion in the decades ahead. Among the themes addressed are the scale, size, and organization of ancient states; state typologies and corporate political economy; the ground plans of buildings in archaic states; strategies of state expansion; the incorporation of autonomous polities in the state and their subsequent governance; evidence of order, legitimacy, and wealth; warfare and status rivalry; and the political and social complexity of states. With essays on the Near East, India and Pakistan, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and the Andes.

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