Leadership Strategies, Economic Activity, and Interregional Interaction: Social Complexity in Northeast China

Leadership Strategies, Economic Activity, and Interregional Interaction: Social Complexity in Northeast China

Hardback Fundamental Issues in Archaeology

By (author) Gideon Shelach

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  • Publisher: Plenum Publishing Co.,N.Y.
  • Format: Hardback | 295 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm x 20mm | 1,320g
  • Publication date: 30 April 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0306460904
  • ISBN 13: 9780306460906
  • Edition statement: 2002 ed.
  • Illustrations note: biography

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An attempt to render Chinese archaeology more accessible to Western readers through a detailed case study of approximately 16,000 years of cultural development in northeastern China. The author addresses prehistoric sociopolitical processes in the Dongbei region through an analysis of both his and other researchers' field data and demonstrates the potential contribution of conducting archaeological research into anthropology-related issues in China.

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'The book is a model in methodology and organization, and it is an extremely important contribution to the accessible archaeological data on sites in China. Shelach should be congratulated for successfully conducting archaeological research as a foreigner in China...' Antiquity, 74:285 (2000) 'Chinese specialists naturally welcome this work, which supplies important comparative material for students of complex societies. ...this book is a significant contribution to the archaeological study of complex societies in general, and it succeeds in stimulating a range of important questions in the study of Chinese complex societies in particular.' Journal of Anthropological Research, 57 (2001)

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Reconciling the Dichotomies. 3. The Paradigm of Chinese Archaeology and the Archaeology of Northeast China. 4. Hongshan and Related Cultures (c. 4500-200 B.C.). 5. Lower Xiajiadian Period (c. 2300-1600 B.C.). 6. Upper Xiajiadian Period (c. 1000-600 B.C.). 7. Warring-States to the Han (5th Century B.C. to 3rd Century A.D.) and Liao (10th to 12th Century A.D.) Periods. 8. Diachronic Analysis of Processes in the Chifeng Area and Northeast China. 9. Conclusion and Suggestions for Future Archaeological Research in the Chifent Area. Appendix. References. Index.