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Introduction to Smallholders and Complex Society, with a Note on Pigs and Mesopotamia

Author(s): Max Price

Year: 2016

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In this introduction, I discuss the literature on smallholders in complex societies and directions for current and future archaeological research. I attempt to answer several questions: What is a smallholder? How can we detect them in the archaeological record? How does a focus on smallholders contribute to studies of other social groups, such as classes, gender, and ethnicity? I conclude my presentation with a discussion of the role of smallholders in pig husbandry in Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Mesopotamia and how this may have brought them into conflict with the emerging state.


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Introduction to Smallholders and Complex Society, with a Note on Pigs and Mesopotamia. Max Price. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403674)


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West Asia


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min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America