Material symbols and the interpretation of cultural change.

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Abstract

Changes in economic patterns, such as in subsistence practices, settlement organization, and trade, are accompanied by changes in people's view of their world and their place in it. In contexts for which the economic bases and social configurations are fairly well understood, it should be possible to identify and interpret changes in symbolic systems. The case presented involves transformations in the character and decoration of ceramic vessels of the European Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. This line of inquiry can provide insight into shifts in attitudes and perceptions that came about as the result of newly developing economic and political configurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages10
JournalOxford Journal of Archaeology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

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