Journal Journal of Urban Archaeology, vol. 7 (2023)

Journal of Urban Archaeology 7 (2023)

Anomalous Giants

  • Pages: 312 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:36 b/w, 99 col., 11 tables b/w., 11 maps b/w, 53 maps color
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60380-3
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    This special issue of Journal of Urban Archaeology is dedicated to settlements, which have been discussed in recent research debates as ‘Anomalous Giants’ or ‘Large Low Occupation Density Settlements’. In contrast to the large, ‘compact’ sites that are generally associated with urban societies, these were places characterized by lower densities not conventionally associated with urban settlements, although they can occur as the foci of seasonally fluctuating populations with periodically higher densities. Yet they are also distinct from the much-discussed pattern of far larger ‘low-density agrarian-based urbanism’. As the contributions here show, examples of such sites can be found in a variety of places and across many millennia. The wide variety of sites discussed in this issue underlines just how complex the data connected to them can be, but also gives insight into the opportunities that can be explored through a variety of approaches, and sheds light not only on how built structures were organized in landscapes, but also on how their populations interacted. Ultimately, this special issue demonstrates that studying these ‘Anomalous Giants’ is essential for a better understanding of urbanism and its characteristics as a pattern of social networks.


    List of Illustrations


    David and Goliath: Giants and Dwarfs in Settlement Archaeology — Editorial
    Rubina Raja and Søren M. Sindbæk

    Experimenting with Large-Group Aggregation
    Nam C. Kim and Patricia A. McAnany

    Shijiahe and its Implications for Understanding the Development of Urbanism in Late Neolithic China
    Li Tao, Anne P. Underhill, and Shan Siwei

    Co Loa: Biography of an Anomalous Place
    Nam C. Kim, Hiep H. Trinh, Russell Quick, and Vo Thi Phuong Thuy

    Classic Ilé-Ifẹ̀: A Consideration of Scale in the Archaeology of Early Yorùbá Urbanism, AD 1000–1400
    Akinwumi Ogundiran

    The Conundrum of Great Zimbabwe
    Innocent Pikirayi, Federica Sulas, Shadreck Chirikure, Joseph Chikumbirike, and Munyaradzi Elton Sagiya

    Place and Time at Trypillia Mega-Sites: Towards a New Synthesis of Analyses and Social Theory
    Bisserka Gaydarska, Andrew Millard, Brian Buchanan, and John Chapman

    Stonehenge: The Little ‘Big Other’
    Mike Parker Pearson

    Considering European Iron Age oppida and Comparative Urbanism: The Case of Bibracte and Manching
    Tom Moore, Ralf Hoppadietz, Holger Wendling, and Katja Winger

    The Sechín Alto Complex in the Pre-Hispanic Central Andes
    Henry Tantaleán and Charles Stanish

    From Frontier to Centre Place: The Dynamic Trajectory of the Chaco World
    Barbara J. Mills

    Cahokia as Urban Anomaly
    Timothy R. Pauketat, Susan M. Alt, Alleen M. Betzenhauser, Jeffery D. Kruchten, and Erin M. Benson

    Anomalous Giants: Form, Operation, Differences, and Outcomes
    Kirrily White and Roland Fletcher

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