Wealth Consumption and What It Might Tell About Social Organization. A Case Study from the Middle Bronze Age Carpathian Basin

Laabs, Julian (6 September 2019). Wealth Consumption and What It Might Tell About Social Organization. A Case Study from the Middle Bronze Age Carpathian Basin (Unpublished). In: 25th EAA Annual Meeting, Beyond Paradigms. Bern. 04-07.09.2019.

Applying the rather traditional method of constructing a wealth index based on grave goods and grave construction attributed to an individual, the presented study tries to open a dialogue for a more open-minded discussion towards Bronze Age social organization. The presentation will focus on the Bronze Age ceramic style complexes of the Carpathian Basin during the first half of the 2nd Millennium and their consumption of material wealth in burial rites. There is no rejection in the tendencies of increasing social stratification during the Bronze Age in Central European societies which becomes visible especially in the treatment of the dead. However, it seems possible to trace finer nuances of social organization when one is widening not only the methodological but also theoretical framework concerning the possible forms of social relations on intra- and intergroup levels. The vast spatiochronological transformations in material culture during specific periods of the Bronze Age not necessarily pictures conquest or economic exploitation of neighbors but might results through the contact and exchange, not necessarily peaceful, between neighboring communities facing the same struggles. I hope to show that communities which were often conceptualized as different might share specific economic and social traits what makes the idea of cooperation between them more comprehensible. And instead of seeing two ‘opposing’ ceramic style complexes different from each other in the expression of material culture see a bigger group which share a common system of social and economic organization.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

Graduate School:

Graduate School of Climate Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Laabs, Julian

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julian Laabs

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2019 10:09

Last Modified:

12 Dec 2019 10:09

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135746

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback