The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States

By: Li Liu

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This book studies the formation of complex societies in prehistoric China during the Neolithic and early state periods, ca. 7000–1500 BC. Archaeological materials are interpreted through anthropological perspectives, using systematic analytic methods in settlement and burial patterns. Both agency and process are considered in the development of chiefdoms and in the emergence of early states in the Yellow River region. Interrelationships between factors such as mortuary practice, craft specialization, ritual activities, warfare, exchange of elite goods, climatic fluctuations, and environmental changes are emphasised. This study offers a critical evaluation of current archaeological data from Chinese sources, and argues that, although some general tendencies are noted, social changes were affected by multiple factors in no pre-determined sequence. In this most comprehensive study to date, Li Liu attempts to reconstruct developmental trajectories toward early states in Chinese civilization and discusses theoretical implications of Chinese archaeology for the understanding of social evolution. Contents 1. Setting the scene; 2. The changing environmental contexts of China’s first complex societies; 3. Household subsistence and ritual; 4. Spatial organization and social relations in communities; 5. Community burial patterns; 6. Development and decline of complex societies in the central plains; 7. Development and decline of social complexity beyond the central plains; 8. Trajectories toward early states; 9. Reconstructing social processes. Quick search Advanced search... Related book Interpreting the Axe Trade Richard Bradley, Mark Edmonds Paperback Hardback Related journal Ancient Mesoamerica More details... Related areas New Studies in Archaeology Printed Pages: 328.

Title: The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States

Author Name: Li Liu

Categories: Social Science,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521811848

ISBN 13: 9780521811842

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 20 Cms x 26 Cms

Seller ID: 009458

Keywords: Chinese Neolithic