Collective Action in Iron Age Europe: Public Assemblies as Arenas for Participatory Government
Author(s): Manuel Fernandez-Gotz
Public assemblies were a common phenomenon in Iron Age and Early Medieval Europe. In these large collective meetings, important decisions concerning war, peace, the choice of military leaders, legislation and the administration of justice were taken. Together with their political role, they also fulfilled other simultaneous functions, including religious festivals and the holding of fairs. Once believed to be archaeologically invisible, recent research has identified the remains of a large number of public assembly places within Late Iron Age fortifications. This paper will summarize the archaeological and literary evidence for Iron Age public assemblies, setting them into the wider comparative framework of collective action theory.
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Collective Action in Iron Age Europe: Public Assemblies as Arenas for Participatory Government. Manuel Fernandez-Gotz. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430563)
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