Beyond the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B interaction sphere
Author: Asouti, Eleni
Source: Journal of World Prehistory, Volume 20, Numbers 2-4, December 2006 , pp. 87-126(40)
Abstract:This article aims to provide a critical evaluation of the influence of the culture-historical paradigm in the Neolithic archaeology of Western Asia through the re-assessment of currently established theoretical concepts, notably the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) interaction sphere, demic diffusion and acculturation. It is argued that these concepts are too abstractly defined to enable meaningful insights into the dynamics of Early Neolithic societies. A different theoretical framework is needed in order to achieve an historical understanding of the spatial and temporal variability of regional socio-cultural interactions and population displacement. This framework begins with the detailed analysis of local patterns of social organization and exchange. Exchange itself is seen as a socially situated process that was integrally related to the negotiation and reproduction of collective identities during the Neolithic.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Email: E.Asouti@liverpool.ac.uk
Publication date: December 1, 2006