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Materialization of social resistance: trends on NW Iberia late Prehistory and Protohistory and beyond

Author(s): Felipe Criado-Boado ; Lois Armada ; César Parcero-Oubiña ; Alfredo González-Ruibal

Year: 2017

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This paper deals with a so-called "negative" approach to social complexity and social development. Instead of understanding the arising of complex societies as a result of positive ontology, it focuses on the resistances, negations and the invisible that tried to avoid or at least to minimize social inequality and exploitation. The arising of complex societies could, alternatively, be conceived as the trend to resist social division and its generalization. The paper will show as the material traces of archaeological record and the different dimensions of materialization processes could reflect in certain contexts communities strategies against the social division. The paper will focus on the development of monumentality and iron metallurgy. While primarily based on archaeological evidence from Galicia (NW of Iberia Peninsula), looking at late prehistory dynamics from IV to I millennia BC, it will also deal with case-studies from other parts of the world as South America and Central Africa.

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Materialization of social resistance: trends on NW Iberia late Prehistory and Protohistory and beyond. Felipe Criado-Boado, Lois Armada, César Parcero-Oubiña, Alfredo González-Ruibal. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430566)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17049

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