Some Comments on Method and Interpretation

  • Bernard Wailes

Abstract

The range of topics addressed by these papers is so enjoyably diverse that it is difficult to connect the common themes of the cover title. This is hardly surprising since that title offers a broad mandate, broadened further (and rightly) by the inclusion of papers on topics which are, in conventional terms, historic as well as those which are prehistoric. There is little that is explicitly demographic (and who shall blame the authors for skirting that morass?), and production is addressed by Wells, so I shall focus primarily upon “complex social organization,” in particular in its relations to production and exchange.

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Legal Text Irish Society Broad Mandate Slave Site Gothic Cathedral 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Wailes
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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