By Barry Molloy
Of Odysses and Oddities is set scales and modes of interplay in prehistory, in particular among societies on each side of the Aegean and with their nearest neighbours overland to the north and east. The 17 contributions think about tensions on the middle of the way we examine interplay in archaeology, really the motivations and mechanisms resulting in social and fabric encounters or displacements. associated with this are the methods we conceptualise spatial and social entities in previous societies (scales) and the way we find out about who used to be actively engaged in interplay and the way and why they have been (modes). The papers offer a large chronological, spatial and fabric diversity yet, taken jointly, they seriously handle a number of the ways in which scales and modes of interplay are thought of in archaeological discourse. finally, the goal is to foreground fabric tradition research within the improvement of the arguments provided inside this quantity, trained, yet no longer pushed, through theoretical positions.
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G. Van Bremen 2007; Feldman 2008; Alberti 2013). The role of elites becoming the kernels of change is based on an understanding that local privileged groups are the agents recognising the potential of new types of interaction for strengthening their social positions (Malkin 2002; Schoep 2006; Tronchetti and van Dommelen 2005; Slootjes 2011). This is understandable, as early documents such as the Amarna Letters or the archives from Ugarit point towards the significant role of oligarchies the east Mediterranean in establishing interactions across the Mediterranean (Bell 2012).
In addition, the goals of elites in the past do not necessarily follow modern paradigms of economic wealth and power. Much of their behaviour focuses on gaining social capital, symbolic capital and knowledge (Roscoe 2009; Hayden and Villeneuve 2010). Power depends not on material gains but on the ability to influence as many people as possible. Mechanisms such as conspicuous consumption, emulation, feasting and hoarding are part of wider social strategies for enlarging social influence (Roscoe 2009).