A tale of two towns: Demographic and economic change in two middle Yangzi communities

Author(s): Dong Li; Camilla Kelsoe

Year: 2015


The late Neolithic marked the emergence of a new kind of settlement pattern in the middle Yangzi river valley. During this period, large, tightly nucleated communities, many of which were surrounded by moats or walls, rapidly replaced the dispersed hamlets and small villages of the middle Neolithic. This dramatic transition in settlement organization may have been associated with significant changes in social and economic relations between individuals both within and between settlements. To address these possibilities, and their potential implications for the evolution of complex societies more generally, we compare the results of a full-coverage regional survey and a geochemical study of local utilitarian pottery. Our analysis indicates that demographic and economic change within these communities occurred at very different rates.

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A tale of two towns: Demographic and economic change in two middle Yangzi communities. Camilla Kelsoe, Dong Li. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395635)

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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;