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Frontiers in Economic History

The Critique of Archaeological Economy

Editors: Gimatzidis, Stefanos, Jung, Reinhard (Eds.)

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  • Studies ancient economics from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Discusses critically dominant economic models for the study of ancient economies
  • Covers a range of topics, such as trade in the classical Greek world, concepts of commodity and value, and management of economic affluence
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This book studies past economics from anthropological, archaeological, historical and sociological perspectives. By analyzing archeological and other evidence, it examines economic behavior and institutions in ancient societies. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, it critically discusses dominant economic models that have influenced the study of past economic relations in various disciplines, while at the same time highlighting alternative theoretical trajectories. In this regard, the book’s goal is not only to test theoretical models under scrutiny, but also to present evidence against the rationalization of past economic behavior according to the rules of modern markets. The contributing authors cover various topics, such as trade in the classical Greek world, concepts of commodity and value, and management of economic affluence.

About the authors

Stefanos Gimatzidis received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Classical Archaeology from the Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. from the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in 2007. He specializes in the Early Iron Age archaeology of the Mediterranean, Archaic and Classical periods with a focus on the Aegean, Balkans and the Levant. From 2005 to 2011, he was employed at the Ministry of Culture of Greece. Starting in 2011, he has led various international research projects as senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and worked extensively in Greece, the central Balkans, Italy, Turkey and Lebanon. In 2015, he began lecturing at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Classical Archaeology, and since December 2017, he has been employed as project director at the Austrian Archaeological Institute. 

Reinhard Jung is an archaeologist and a specialist for the Bronze and Early Iron Age in southern Europe and the Near East. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in 1999, and his postdoctoral degree (venia legendi) in pre- and protohistory from the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 2013. From 2002 to 2013, he directed research projects at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the DAI Athens, Greece, and the University of Salzburg, Austria. From 2013 to 2015, he co-directed excavations at the Bronze Age settlement site of Punta di Zambrone in Calabria, Italy. Since 2013, he has been a senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, and since 2015 he is head of the research group “Mediterranean Economies.” In addition, he teaches at the University of Tübingen, Germany.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • An Introduction to the Critique of Archaeological Economy

    Pages 1-17

    Jung, Reinhard (et al.)

  • Writing the Deep History of Human Economy

    Pages 19-33

    McGuire, Randall H.

  • Wealth, Women’s Labour, and Forms of Value: Thinking from the Study of Ancestral Central America

    Pages 35-53

    Joyce, Rosemary A.

  • “The Economy Has No Surplus”: Harry W. Pearson’s Contribution Revisited, 60 Years Later

    Pages 55-70

    Hansen, Svend

  • Crafting Values in Chalcolithic Cyprus and Anatolia

    Pages 71-83

    Düring, Bleda S.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Critique of Archaeological Economy
Editors
  • Stefanos Gimatzidis
  • Reinhard Jung
Series Title
Frontiers in Economic History
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72539-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72539-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-72538-9
Series ISSN
2662-9771
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 234
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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