Some Comments on Method and Interpretation

  • Bernard Wailes


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.


Legal Text Irish Society Broad Mandate Slave Site Gothic Cathedral 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Bintliff, John 1984 Iron Age Europe in the context of social evolution from the Bronze Age through to historic times. In European Social Evolution: archaeological perspectives. J. Bintliff (ed.); pp. 157–215. Bradford: University of BradfordGoogle Scholar
  2. Collis, John 1984 Oppida: earliest towns north of the Alps. Sheffield: Dept. of Prehistory and Archaeology, Univ. of Sheffield.Google Scholar
  3. Crumley, C. 1974 Celtic Social Structure: the generation of archaeologically testable hypotheses from literary evidence. University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Anthropological Papers No. 54. Google Scholar
  4. Crumley, C. 1987 Burgundian Landscapes. Chpt. 13. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  5. Levy, Janet E. n.d. Danish metallurgy in the Bronze Age. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology conference, Toronto.Google Scholar
  6. McCourt, Desmond 1971 The dynamic quality of Irish rural settlement. In Man and his habitat: essays presented to Emyr Estyn Evans. R.H. Buchanan, E. Jones & D. McCourt (eds.). New York: Barnes & Noble.Google Scholar
  7. Nash, Daphne 1976 Reconstructing Poseidonius’ Celtic Ethnography: some considerations. Britannia 7: 111–126.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Schrire, Carmel (ed.) 1984 Past and Present in Hunter Gatherer Studies. Orlando: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  9. Swan, Leo 1983 Enclosed ecclesiastical sites and their relevance to settlement patterns of the first millennium A.D., In Landscape Archaeology in Ireland. T. Reeves-Smyth and F. Hamond (eds.). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, British Series 116.Google Scholar
  10. Wells, Peter S. 1984 Farms, villages and cities: commerce and urban origins in late prehistoric Europe. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations