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Autumn 2014

Symbolic culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, in a revolution whose echoes can still be heard in myths and rituals around the world. These talks are a general introduction to anthropology, including the latest findings from genetics, biology, primatology, cave painting research and archaeology. There is plenty of time for questions, discussion and socialising.


Sep 23: What does it mean to be human? An introduction to anthropologyChris Knight

Sep 30: Claude Lévi-Strauss: The science of myths and fairy tales – Chris Knight

Oct 7: Africa, hunger and big business: How ‘development’ aids the corporate takeover of food – Chris Walker

Oct 14: Did women once rule the world? A new look at the myth of matriarchyChris Knight

Oct 21: The stars and the stones: An introduction to archaeoastronomy – Fabio Silva

Oct 28: Out of Africa or Multiregional Evolution for modern humans – why is there still a debate? – Chris Stringer

Nov 4: The problem of economics. Homo economicus and human science – William Dixon

Nov 11: The Golden Bough: Yesterday and today Robert Fraser

Nov 18: British Pakistani women and the menopause – Mwenza Blell

Nov 25: ‘Woman’s Biggest Husband Is the Moon’: How hunter-gatherers maintain social equalityJerome Lewis

Dec 2: How language evolved from singingJerome Lewis

Dec 9: Spirits of the Forest: a workshop on African polyphonic singing – Ingrid Lewis

Dec 16: A Christmas fairy tale: ‘The shoes that were danced to pieces’ – Chris Knight


All events held at the Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd., NW1 1HB (Euston).

Talks are free but small donations welcome.

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Early Bronze Age Goods Exchange in the Southern Levant: A Marxist Perspective

By Ianir Milevski

Equinox Publishing, London.

Series: Anthropological Perspectives in Archaeology

ISBN-13 (i):    9781845533786

ISBN-10:        184553378X

Cover:  Hardback
Number of pages:  xvi, 294
List price:      £75.00 / US$ 115.00

Publication Date: May 2011 

Size 246 x 174 mm

Illustrations: 60 black and white 



Early Bronze Age Goods Exchange in the Southern Levant provides an overview of all the commodities of the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant for which we know their sources and distribution. But this is not just a survey or a simple list of finds. Included are methodological discussions of several topics which make original contributions regarding the interpretation of production centres and the way the goods arrived to the distribution points.

The most original contribution of this volume is in the entire interpretation and theoretical framework it provides regarding the exchange of commodities in a precapitalistic society; that is, utilizing mainly the methods of the critique to the political economy (Marxism), ethnoarchaeology and economic anthropology.

The volume emphasizes the internal economic developments in the early history of the Southern Levant that can be studied using archaeological sources in the framework of modern theories of human development. It is a kind of work on economic history with non-written sources, although it uses historical written sources from neighboring cultures and late documents from our region to compare and derive conclusions.

Dr. Ianir Milevski is Research Archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Dept of Prehistory, and Associate Fellow of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem. He is also member of the “Raices” program, Ministry of Science and Technology, Argentina.


Part I: Research Frameworks
1. Introduction
2. Theoretical Frameworks

Part II: Commodities
3. Pottery Vessels as Commodities
4. Flint Objects
5. Groundstone Tools and Vessels
6. Metallurgy and Metal Objects
7. Botanical Commodities
8. Faunal Commodities 
9. Minerals

Part III: Transportation, Merchants and Networks
10. Transportation and the Cult of Exchange
11. Exchange Networks

Part IV: Conclusions
12. Conclusions and Perspectives





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