The archaeological data from the Argaric Group (2250-1500 cal BC) is key for the understanding of the dynamics of prehistoric societies in the Iberian peninsula and neighbouring European regions. Funerary remains of the Argaric Group constitute one of the larger and better contextualized archaeological corpus in Old World Prehistory, and it still show an enormous informative potential for the resolution of new questions and hypothesis. Our research team has a long trajectory of research focused on Argaric funerary contexts, trough which great advances has been made on the knowledge of this prehistoric society. The project to be presented here outlines a interdisciplinary research oriented to test some recently built hypothesis relating to the economic structure and the political-kinship organization of the Argaric society. Briefly, these hypothesis hold that Argaric society developed into an antagonistic socio-economic class structure, and that this fact was accompanied by the stablishment of a political and coercitive structure of State type, which was previously unknown in Europe. In this socio-political context, the domestic units were organized according to the principles of matrilocality and matrilinearity. The methodology of empirical testing needs an extensive research programme including palaeoanthropological, palaeotechnological, chronological and statiscal analyses, which involve scientists from different disciplines and research centres in Spain and elsewhere
|Effective start/end date||12/12/03 → 11/12/06|
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