© 2002

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

  • Book Title Life in Neolithic Farming Communities
  • Book Subtitle Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation
  • Editors Ian Kuijt
  • Series Title Fundamental Issues in Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46122-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3317-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-47166-7
  • Series ISSN 1567-8040
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 325
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Regional and Cultural Studies
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"The book should be required reading for anyone interested in the Neolithic."
(Antiquity, 75:289, 2001)
"The list of participants is an impressive "who's who" of research on the Neolithic Near East. This collection of articles presents a fair and clear picture of the research currently being carried out in the discipline, and it is convenient to have them together in the same volume. Scholars and students will find the data presented about various sites and the comprehensive discussions very useful."
(American Antiquity, 66:4, 2001)
"With this volume, Kuijt and his colleagues have succeeded in bringing fully into the light of academic enquiry the debate about the significance of social and symbolic elements in the Neolithic transformation. Future considerations of this episode that focus exclusively on economic and environmental issues will subsequently fall significantly short of the mark."
(Roger Matthews, Institute of Archaeology, University College London; Journal of Anthropological Research, 58, 2002)


"The editor has brought together a distinguished line-up of regional specialists. There is much here to stimulate thought." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 9:3)