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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

Edited By

Tamar Hodos

ISBN 9780415841306
Published December 5, 2016 by Routledge
994 Pages

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Book Description

This unique collection applies globalization concepts to the discipline of archaeology, using a wide range of global case studies from a group of international specialists. The volume spans from as early as 10,000 cal. bp to the modern era, analysing the relationship between material culture, cultural change, and the complex connectivities between communities and groups. In considering social practices shared between different historic groups, and also the expression of their respective identities, the papers in this volume illustrate the potential of globalization thinking to bridge the local and global in material culture analysis.

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization is the first such volume to take a world archaeology approach, on a multi-period basis, in order to bring together the scope of evidence for the significance of material culture in the processes of globalization. This work thus also provides a means to understand how material culture studies can be utilised to assess the impact of global engagement in our contemporary world. As such, it will appeal to archaeologists and historians as well as social science researchers interested in the origins of globalization.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction

1.1. Globalization: some basics. An introduction to The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization.  Tamar Hodos

1.2. Distinguishing Past Globalizations
Justin Jennings

1.3. Globalization, Connectivities and Networks: an archaeological perspective
Carl Knappett

1.4. Economic Aspects of Globalization in the Past Material World
Gary M. Feinman

1.5. Globalization Thinking and the Past
Robbie Robertson

Section 2: Africa

2.1. Africa in and of the World: Archaeological Perspectives on Globalization in the Longue Durée
Paul J. Lane

2.2. Exploring Aegyptiaca and their Material Agency throughout Global History
Miguel John Versluys

Scott MacEachern

2.4. The Swahili and Globalization in the Indian Ocean
Chapurukha Kusimba

2.5. European Colonialism and Globalization in Africa in the Nineteenth Century CE
Lydia Wilson Marshall

2.6.  Future Material Culture: Chinese Construction in Africa and the Consequences for African Cultural Heritage
Paul Lane, Cornelia Kleinitz & Yongilang Gao

2.7. The Mobile Phone – A Global Good? Modern Material Culture and Communication Technology in Africa
Julia Verne

Section 3: Americas

3.1 Globalization Processes as Recognized in the Americas
Alexander Geurds

3.2 Olmec Globalization: a Mesoamerican Archipelago of Complexity
Robert M. Rosenswig

3.3 On the Horizon: Art, Valuables and Large-Scale Interaction Networks in the Ancient Andes
George F. Lau

3.4 Foreigners from Far-Off Islands: Long-Distance Exchange between Western Mesoamerica and Coastal South America (600-1200 CE): a Globalization Analysis
Alexander Geurds

3.5 Globalization without Markets?  Population Movement and Other Integrative Mechanisms in the Ancient Andes
Bill Sillar

3.6 Conquest Worlds: Aztec and Spanish Experiences in Mexico, 1428-1570 CE
Frances Berdan

3.7 Globalization and the Early Modern Atlantic World, c. 1500-1700 CE
Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Section 4: Australasia and Oceania

4.1. Globalization Thinking in Australasia and Oceania
Ian Lilley

4.2. The Tongan Maritime State: Oceanic Globalization, Polity Collapse and Chaotic Interaction
Geoffrey Clark

4.3. Australian Lithic Technology: Evolution, Dispersion and Connectivity
Peter Hiscock & Tim Maloney

4.4. Edges of Worlds: Torres Strait Islander Peripheral Participation in Ancient Globalizations
Ian J. McNiven

4.5. Melanesia Maritime Middlemen and Pre-Colonial Glocalization
Ian Lilley

4.6. Disentangling the Lapita Interaction Spheres: the Global, the Provincial and the Local
Christophe Sand

4.7. East Polynesian Connectivity
Marshall Weisler & Richard Walter

Section 5: East Asia

5.1. East Asia as a Laboratory for Early Globalization
Gideon Shelach-Lavi

5.2. The Spread of Domesticated Plant Resources in Prehistoric Northeast Asia
Gyoung-Ah Lee

5.3. Prehistoric Networks across the Korea Strait (5000-1000 BCE): ‘Early Globalization’ during the Jomon Period in Northwest Kyushu?    
Ilona R. Bausch

5.4. Colonialism in the Time of Globalization – the Western Zhou Yan State Revisited
Yitzchak Jaffe

5.5. Globalization at the Crossroads: the Case of Southeast China during the Pre- and Early Imperial Period
Francis Allard

5.6. Global Dynamics in Local Processes of Iron Age Inner Asia
Bryan K. Miller & Ursula Brosseder

5.7. Tombs of Xianbei Conquerors and Central Asians in Sixth Century CE Northern China: a Globalizing Perspective
Mandy Jui-man Wu

Section 6: Europe

6.1. Deep Histories of Globalization and Europe: beyond Eurocentrism
Martin Pitts

6.2. Small, Medium, and Large: Globalization Perspectives on the Afro-Eurasian Bronze Age
Helle Vandkilde

6.3. Local Elites Globalized in Death: a Practice Approach to Early Iron Age Hallstatt C/D Chieftains’ Burials in Northwest Europe
David Fontijn & Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

6.4. Connectivity and Social Change. Roman Goods outside the Empire (100 BCE – 400 CE)
Mariana Egri

Søren M. Sindbæk

6.6. Globalization and China. Materiality and Civilité in Post-Medieval Europe
Martin Pitts

6.7. Connecting the Global with the Local through the Prism of Imprisonment: the Case of Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland
Laura McAtackney

Section 7: Mediterranean

7.1 The Global Mediterranean: a Material-Cultural Perspective
Miguel John Versluys

7.2 A Globalizing Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean
Susan Sherratt

7.3 Classical Connections and Mediterranean Practices: Exploring Connectivity and Local Interactions
Peter van Dommelen


7.5 The Rise and Fall of Empires in the Islamic Mediterranean (600-1600 CE): Political Change, the Economy and Material Culture
Petra Sijpesteijn

7.6 The Renaissance in Material Culture: Material Mimesis as Force and Evidence of Globalization
Marta Ajmar

7.7 France and the Enlightenment Mediterranean
Christopher Drew Armstrong

Section 8: Southeast Asia

8.1 Globalizing Early Southeast Asia
Miriam T. Stark

8.2 How Rice Failed to Unify Asia: Globalization and Regionalism of Early Farming Traditions in the Monsoon World
Dorian Q. Fuller, Cristina Cobo Castillo & Charlene Murphy

8.3 Globalization at the Dawn of History: the Emergence of Global Cultures in the Mekong and Red River Deltas
Alison Kyra Carter & Nam C. Kim

Tom Hoogervorst

8.5 Globalizing Indian Religions and Southeast Asian Localisms: Incentives for the Adoption of Buddhism and Brahmanism in First Millennium CE Southeast Asia
Stephen A. Murphy & Leedom Lefferts

8.6 Globalization in Southeast Asia’s Early Age of Commerce: Evidence from the Thirteenth Century CE Java Sea Shipwreck
Lisa C. Niziolek & Amanda Respess

8.7 Spheres of Ceramic Exchange in Southeast Asia, Ninth to Sixteenth Centuries CE
John N. Miksic & Goh Geok Yian

Section 9: West Asia

9.1 Globalizing Ideas in West Asian Material History
Tamar Hodos

9.2 Globalizing the Halaf
Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse

9.3 Connectivity and Globalization in the Bronze Age of Anatolia
Naoíse Mac Sweeney

9.4 Globalization and the Study of the Achaemenid Persian Empire
Henry P. Colburn

9.5 Lapis Lazuli, Homer and the Buddha: Material and Ideological Exchange in West Asia (c. 250 BCE - 200 CE)
Rachel Mairs

9.6 The Global Ottomans
Joanita Vroom

9.7 Pre-modern Globalization and the Rediscovery of Iranian Antiquity
Daniel T. Potts

Section 10:  Conclusion

10.1 Long Histories of Globalization
Jan Nederveen Pieterse



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Tamar Hodos is Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol.


"Refreshingly, the book forgoes the type of synthetic narratives usually associated with archaeological handbooks, instead presenting a series of vignettes, many of which represent fresh engagements of burgeoning theoretical concepts with lesser-known geographic arenas. (…) For readers not deeply entrenched in globalisation frameworks, the chapters at the bookends provide excellent introductions and reflections on the subject of what is and is not globalisation." – Current World Archaeology

"Tamar Hodos, Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol, has assembled a fascinating and unique work in the Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization. Usually considered a modern-era phenomenon, Hodos and her collaborators demonstrate that globalization has been with us since complex ancient societies first developed." - Reference & User Services Quarterly