The Concept of the ‘Stage of Reduction and Concentration of Settlements’ in Neolithic Studies

Demography, Settlements and Social Conflict

  • Sławomir Kadrow University of Rzeszów, Institute of Archaeology, Poland
Keywords: Neolithic, settlement system, social crisis, Poland, conflict, central places

Abstract

The paper analyses the meaning of the ‘stage of reduction and concentration of settlements’ and its place in the evolving structure of a Neolithic settlement system. It considers whether this stage of the development of the settlement system was a specific event, limited only to the evolution of a Funnel Beaker Culture settlement in south-eastern Poland, or whether it was a structural element in other areas too. Analysis of the collected cases, representing various geographical zones, cultural traditions and time horizons, allows us to formulate a thesis that describes the transformation of large settlements (from central places to the stage of reduction and concentration) were caused by internal social conflicts, rather than by climate or economic changes.

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Published
2020-12-01
How to Cite
KadrowS. (2020). The Concept of the ‘Stage of Reduction and Concentration of Settlements’ in Neolithic Studies. Documenta Praehistorica, 47, 232-244. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.47.13
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