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Classes, Clades and Communication: What Neolithic tombs can tell us about community structure
Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 4:00pm
Event: Archaeology First Thursday Presentation (Department of Anthropology)

Thurs, November 2, 4:00, Cramer Hall, Room 41

Floyd Aranyosi (University of Washington)
will present,

Classes, Clades and Communication: What Neolithic tombs can tell us about
community structure

The system of classification devised by mid-20th century Irish archaeologists is not well suited for addressing questions about cultural and historical processes, having been designed for other purposes. A re-classification, using a system of phylogenetic (ancestor/descendant) relationships as its sorting algorithm, can reveal nested patterns of similarities and differences within and between the monuments that are obscured by current typology. These nested patterns of similarities, when viewed in terms of spatial analyses of the distribution of architectural features, permit an insight into the patterns of communication between geographically separated prehistoric communities of monument builders and may also reveal larger-scale patterns of social integration. Such patterns may have implications for analyses of prehistoric trade and exchange, social inequality, kinship and marriage systems and cultural continuities and discontinuities that are of interest to contemporary archaeologists.

Floyd Aranyosi is a PhD student at the University of Washington focusing his research on the development of complexity and paleoenvironmental fluctuations in Ireland and western Europe.

Event is Free and Open to the Public

For questions, contact Virginia Butler, 5-3303 or Michael Schurke,
mcschurk@pdx.edu.