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The making of chalcolithic assembly places: Trypillia megasites as materialized consensus among equal strangers?

Nebbia, M; Gaydarska, B; Millard, A; Chapman, J; (2018) The making of chalcolithic assembly places: Trypillia megasites as materialized consensus among equal strangers? World Archaeology , 50 (1) pp. 41-61. 10.1080/00438243.2018.1474133. Green open access

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Abstract

In the last decade, we have witnessed a second methodological revolution in research into the Trypillia megasites of Ukraine–the largest sites in fourth-millennium BC Europe and possibly the world. However, these methodological advances have not been accompanied by parallel advances in the understanding of the nature and development of the megasites. New data have led to a ‘tipping point’ which leads us to reject the traditional interpretation of megasites as long-term centres permanently occupied by tens of thousands of people. The contention of the alternative approach is the temporary, short-term dwelling of much smaller populations at megasites such as Nebelivka. In this article, the authors present two alternative models for the gradual emergence of the highly structured plan of the Trypillia megasite.

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Title: The making of chalcolithic assembly places: Trypillia megasites as materialized consensus among equal strangers?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2018.1474133
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1474133
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Assembly place, seasonal urbanism, Copper Age, Trypillia, Ukraine, Nebelivka
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086055
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