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2011-03-01 Bedale - Tripolye mega-sites

posted 16 Jan 2010, 09:50 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 14:56 ]

Although it's not until March next year the Bedale group has been lucky enough to get John Chapman to give the following talk.  If, like me, you knew nothing about this topic, try typing Tripolye into google, but only when you have considerable time to spare, then put Tuesday 1 March 2011 in the forward planner part of your 2010 diary.

'Independent urbanism in Eastern Europe in the Neolithic?:  the strange case of the Tripolye mega-sites'

The fundamental approach to state formation was developed in the 1920s by Gordon Childe, who argued that European social complexity was secondary to that of the Near East. Since Childe, pristine state formation has been accepted in several regions outside Western Asia but the earliest states in Europe - the Minoans and Myceneans - are considered late, secondary formations. This view ignores the development of vast Tripolye sites in 4th-millennium Eastern Europe, the largest of which are bigger than the EBA city of Uruk. This marginalisation of Tripolye mega-sites has occurred despite Fletcher's observation that they are the only global exceptions to his agrarian settlement limits.

It is also clear that the Tripolye phenomenon is an unusual development in Eurasia, given the lack of impressive public buildings and obvious wealth differentials in such large sites. Thus, the primary aim of our research is a re-evaluation of Tripolye social and settlement developments through the detailed, inter-disciplinary study of a single mega-site in its local, regional, and global settlement context.

John's Bio-pic

John Chapman is Reader in Archaeology at Durham University and has spent more than 30 years researching the social archaeology of the Balkans in the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolthic.  He has written extensively on deliberate artifact fragmentation, including two monographs - Fragmentation in Archaeology (2000) and Parts and Wholes (with B.

Gaydarska)(2006).  He has codirected major international field projects in Croatia (the Neothermal Dalmatia Project) and in Hungary (the Upper Tisza Project).  His current fieldwork project is in Ukraine on Tripolye mega-sites.

More details from Patricia Tricker (email: arch(ATSIGN)