Archaeological Approaches to Market Exchange in Ancient Societies
Ancient market activities are dynamic in the economies of most
ancient states, yet they have received little research from the
archaeological community. Archaeological Approaches to Market
Exchange in Ancient Societies is the first book to address the
development, change, and organizational complexity of ancient
markets from a comparative archaeological perspective.
Drawing from historical documents and archaeological records
from Mesoamerica, the U.S. Southwest, East Africa, and the Andes,
this volume reveals the complexity of ancient marketplace
development and economic behavior both in hierarchical and
non-hierarchical societies. Highlighting four principal themes-the
defining characteristics of market exchange; the recognition of
market exchange archaeologically; the relationship among market,
political, and other social institutions; and the conditions in
which market systems develop and change-the book contains a strong
methodological and theoretical focus on market exchange.
Diverse contributions from noted scholars show the history of
market exchange and other activities to be more dynamic than
scholars previously appreciated. Archaeological Approaches to
Market Exchange in Ancient Societies will be of interest to
archaeologists, anthropologists, material-culture theorists,
economists, and historians.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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