Communities, Violence and Fortification: A Study of Longshan Landscapes

Author(s): James Williams

Year: 2018


The Late Neolithic period in Central China, known as the Longshan period, has long been associated with violence and warfare. There have been several theories as to what are the catalysts for for this period of increased violence. This paper will review the evidence of warfare and violence during this period. Using disparate spatial data this paper will investigate the implications of warfare and violence on the settlement patterning of the Central Plains of China. Through this investigation we can directly test several of the theories which have been proposed for the region.

It has been long understood that warfare and violence can shape a regional landscape this paper offers methods into investigating specific motivations and catalysts for warfare. In doing so it also provides new insights into how warfare may have affected changes in the settlement patterning during the Late Neolithic in Central China.

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Communities, Violence and Fortification: A Study of Longshan Landscapes. James Williams. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443597)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 70.4; min lat: 17.141 ; max long: 146.514; max lat: 53.956 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 19986