Settling with the norm?: Norm and variation in social groups and their material manifestations in (Roman) Iron Age (800 BC–AD 300) settlement sites of the northern Netherlands [Hardback]

Karen M. de Vries (Author)

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ISBN: 9789464280227 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 286p, H280 x W210 (mm) 58fc / 96bw
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Settling with the norm?


When studying later prehistoric societies, it is evident that shared practices, as well as variations, exist in the settlement record. Traditionally, the emphasis has mainly been on the elements shared on large scales, the widely shared norms. Variations in material culture have received little attention. This is regrettable, because through the study of both norm and variation in material culture, it is possible to understand how people are part of larger communities and, at the same time, express their affiliation to smaller social groups.

In this book, housebuilding practices, general deposition practices and special deposition practices from (Roman) Iron Age (800 BC-AD 300) settlements in the northern Netherlands are studied on different scales as practices that can be similar and different at the same time. Based on the analyses, normativity and variation in material culture can be understood in different ways. More than just searching for a better understanding of the (Roman) Iron Age societies in the northern Netherlands, this volume also explores how the use of typochronologies and the choices researchers make influence our understanding of the past. It will be of interest to anyone studying later prehistoric settlements and archaeological methodology in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical framework
3. Housebuilding traditions on the Fries-Drents plateau
4. Deposition practices on later prehistoric settlement sites
5. Special deposition practices
6. Conclusion
Appendix 1: Overview of (Roman) Iron Age sites on the Fries-Drents plateau
Appendix 2: Overview of house plans per period
Appendix 3: Overview of radiocarbon dates
Appendix 4: Co-occurrences between characteristics
Appendix 5: Description of pits discussed in chapter 5
Appendix 6: Overview of location of pits discussed in chapter 5
Appendix 7: Overview of characteristics of pits discussed in chapter 5
Dutch summary / Nederlandse samenvatting
Curriculum Vitae

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