Property relations in the bronze age of South-western Europe: An archaeological analysis of infant burials from El Argar (Almeria, Spain)

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Abstract

Political and economic organisation of Argaric society has been one of the most interesting research topics among Iberian Prehistory. Recent debate has focused upon how to define and assess the socio-economic differentiation which is characteristic of Argaric communities, as well as the suitability of the term 'State' when approaching those differences at the political level. Arguments for and against it have been mainly drawn from the Argaric funerary record (2250-1550 cal BC). This paper attempts to approach this issue through the analysis of grave-goods associated with infant tombs. Our main goal is to ascertain if Argaric society established rules concerning asymmetric consumption of goods through infant funerary rituals. If so, this will allow us to infer relevant differences affecting the property of various elements involved in social production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-268
JournalProceedings of the Prehistoric Society
Volume71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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