The Archaeology of Territory and Territoriality

Authored by: María Nieves Zedeño

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720


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The concept of territory has been variously used by scholars of many fields to denote a specific space or spaces to which individuals or groups of animals and humans are attached on a relatively exclusive and permanent basis. Here, discussion of territory is confined to modern humans, even though many useful things may be gleaned from the spatial frameworks of other species. The conceptual treatment of territory and territoriality, as well as relevant examples, focuses on non-industrial or non-nation-state societies, because these provide the most parsimonious analogs for interpreting the majority of Indigenous archaeological contexts.

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