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From systems of power to networks of knowledge: the nature of El Argar culture (southeastern Iberia, c. 2200–1500 BC)

Legarra Herrero, B; (2021) From systems of power to networks of knowledge: the nature of El Argar culture (southeastern Iberia, c. 2200–1500 BC). In: Foxhall, L, (ed.) Interrogating Networks: Investigating Networks of Knowledge in Antiquity. Oxbow Books: London, UK.

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Abstract

El Argar culture has been depicted traditionally as a series of highly hierarchical geo-political systems that were mainly interested in the internal control and organisation of their territory. This article reinterprets new archaeological evidence to suggest an alternative vision of Argaric societies that emphasises interconnectivity between a mosaic of differing regions and a more fluid socio-political organisation. Network approaches emerge as a useful theoretical and methodological referent to make sense of the complexity of the archaeological data and help to place El Argar within the typical Mediterranean themes of connectivity, volatility and fragmentation that so well suit the study of the landscapes of southeastern Iberia.

Type: Book chapter
Title: From systems of power to networks of knowledge: the nature of El Argar culture (southeastern Iberia, c. 2200–1500 BC)
ISBN-13: 9781789256277
Publisher version: https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/interrogating-net...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: network analyses, Argar culture, prehistory, Iberia, Mediterranean, social complexity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124379
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