Life in Neolithic Farming Communities

Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation

  • Ian Kuijt

Part of the Fundamental Issues in Archaeology book series (FIAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Regional Issues, Settlement Practices, and Sedentism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-17
    2. Anna Belfer-Cohen, Ofer Bar-Yosef
      Pages 19-38
    3. Michael Rosenberg, Richard W. Redding
      Pages 39-62
    4. Brian F. Byrd
      Pages 63-102
  4. Organization of Social Relations: Mortuary Ritual, Social Differentiation, and Settlement Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-102
    2. Nigel Goring-Morris
      Pages 103-136
    3. Ian Kuijt
      Pages 137-164
    4. Frank Hole
      Pages 191-210
    5. Alan H. Simmons
      Pages 211-230
  5. Social Relations and Material Culture: Symbolism and Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-233
    2. Mary M. Voigt
      Pages 253-294
    3. Estelle Orrelle, Avi Gopher
      Pages 295-308
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Ian Kuijt
      Pages 311-322
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-325

About this book


Drawing on both the results of recent arhaeological research as well as anthropological theory, leading experts synthesize current thinking on the nature of and variation within Neolithic social arrangements. The authors analyze archaeological data within a range of methodological and theoretical perspectives to reconstruct key aspects of ritual practices, labor organization, and collective social identity at the scale of the household, community, and region.


Evolution Neolithic collective social identity farming community labor organization mortuary ritual ritual practices sedentism settlement systems social differentiation social identity social organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Kuijt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Notre DameNotre Dame

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46122-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47166-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8040
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