About this book
This book is the first-ever monograph on clustering patterns in prehistoric settlements. It not only theoretically explains the difference between natural settlement communities and organizational forms for the first time, but also demonstrates the importance of understanding this difference in practical research. Based on extensive archaeological data from China and focusing on the evolution of prehistoric settlements and changing social relations, the book completely breaks with the globally popular research mode which is based on the assumption that settlement archaeology has nothing to do with prehistoric social organization.
In terms of research methods, the book also abandons the globally popular method of measuring the grade and importance of settlements according to their size and the value of the unearthed objects. Instead, it focuses on understanding settlements’ attributes from the combined perspective of the group and individuals. On the one hand, the book proves that the clustering patterns in prehistoric settlement sites reflect the organizational forms of the time; on the other, it demonstrates that historical research focusing on the organizational forms of prehistoric societies is closer to the historical reality and of more scientific value. The intended readership includes graduates and researchers in the field of archaeology, or those who are interested in cultural relics and prehistoric settlements.
Prehistoric Settlement Groups in China Clustering Pattern Neolithic Age Town Sites Natural Communities Settlement Group Cluster Paleolithic Age Pattern of Cluster Long Mountain Culture Yin Dynasty Ruins
- Book Title A Study of Prehistoric Settlement Patterns in China
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-3060-9
- Copyright Information Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2020
- Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
- eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-3059-3
- Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-3062-3
- eBook ISBN 978-981-15-3060-9
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages LVI, 458
- Number of Illustrations 134 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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