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Crisis to Collapse: The Archaeology of Social Breakdown

Crisis to Collapse


This volume comprises the proceedings of a workshop with the same title which took place in October 2015. It was organised within the frame of the ARC13/18-049 (concerted research action) ‘A World in Crisis?’. It has both a large chronological scope-from the Late Paleolithic to the 12th c. AD - and wide geographical coverage, with case studies from the Maya, Southern US, Aegean, Sri Lanka, Indus, Gaul, Southern Levant, Anatolia, Egypt, North-western Europe, Alaska and Mesopotamia. It discusses and critically analyses the variety of signatures and archaeological correlates of crisis conditions that led to social breakdown. As such it makes massive strides forward to a better theoretical understanding of crisis-induced collapse.

  • Éditeur : Presses universitaires de Louvain
  • Collection : AEGIS | 11
  • Lieu d’édition : Louvain-la-Neuve
  • Année d’édition : 2017
  • Publication sur OpenEdition Books : 03 juin 2021
  • EAN (Édition imprimée) : 9782875585264
  • EAN électronique : 9782390610410
  • Nombre de pages : 314 p.
Tim Cunningham
1. Introduction

I. Overture

Felix Riede, Gerald Oetelaar et Richard VanderHoek
2. From Crisis to Collapse in Hunter-Gatherer Societies

A Comparative Investigation of the Cultural Impacts of three Large Volcanic Eruptions on Past Hunter-Gatherers

II. From Epistemology to Ontology : the Paradigm of the Lost Civilisation

Cameron A. Petrie
3. Crisis, what Crisis ?

Adaptation, Resilience and Transformation in the Indus Civilisation

Saro Wallace
4. The Classic Crisis ?

Some Features of Current Crisis Narratives for the Aegean Late Bronze-Early Iron Age

Guy D. Middleton
5. Reading the Thirteenth Century BC in Greece

Crisis, Decline, or Business as Usual ?

Keir Strickland
7. The Collapse of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

A Crisis 1500 Years in the Making

III. Ruin

Lorenzo Nigro
8. The End of the Early Bronze Age in the Southern Levant

Urban Crisis and Collapse seen from two 3rd Millennium BC-Cities : Tell esSultan/Jericho and Khirbet al-Batrawy

Igor Kreimerman
9. A Typology for Destruction Layers

The Late Bronze Age Southern Levant as a Case Study

Megan Cifarelli
10. Archaeological Evidence for Small Scale Crisis

Hasanlu between Destructions

IV. Modelling Climate and Reading Response

Bulent Arikan
11. Crisis in the Highlands

Agent-based Modelling of the Early Bronze Age I (ca. 4950-4700 BP). Socio-economic Transformations at Arslantepe (Eastern Anatolia)

Christian Isendahl et Scott Heckbert
12. Pathways to Sustainable Development or Poverty

Water Security and Wealth in the Pre-Columbian Puuc-Nohkakab Maya Lowlands

Timothy A. Kohler et R. Kyle Bocinsky
13. Crises as Opportunities for Culture Change

V. Metanarratives of Collapse

Miroslav Bárta
14. Temporary and Permanent

Status Race and the Mechanism of Change in a Complex Civilisation: Ancient Egypt in between 2900 and 2120 BC

Stephen O’Brien
15. Boredom with the Apocalypse

Resilience, Regeneration, and their Consequences for Archaeological Interpretation


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