Social interaction at the end of the pre-pottery Neolithic B: An inter-site analysis in the Euphrates Valley

Ferran Borrell, Miquel Molist

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Abstract

This article discusses contact, social relationships, and social organization between sites at the end of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in the Euphrates valley; all of which are of high importance for reconstructing and modelling social organization in consolidated agricultural villages. Our analysis has succeeded in identifying a complex range of overlapping levels and types of social interaction that occurred simultaneously and operated at different scales including the household, the community and inter-regional communities. This complex mixture of interacting spheres, together with the identification of cultural-social boundaries, enables us to understand and explain inter-site variation in material culture and mortuary practices. Moreover, they reflect the growing social complexity of large farming communities at the end of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and the role played by settlement as the social unit through which these communities became more distinctive and self-consciously different. Copyright © The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-231
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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