SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar: Professor Emeritus Timothy Earle
|Archaeology Seminar: Professor Emeritus Timothy Earle : A Political Economy Analysis for Pacific Prehistory
Visiting Scholar Professor Emeritus Timothy Earle, from Northwestern University, Illinois, and supported by the Society of Antiquaries of London presents a seminar bringing together case studies from his many years of research in the Pacific.
The development of chiefdoms was a political act, concerning the elemental powers derived from the political
economy, from warrior might, and from religious ideology. Three prehistoric cases from the Pacific (the Lapita,
Vanuatu, and Hawai’i) are used to construct a model of how chiefs come to power. The necessary conditions for
their emergence rested on an ability to control specific economic bottlenecks, such as a long-distance trade,
complicated technologies, or highly productive lands. Resources, including both subsistence foods and prestige
goods, could then be mobilized to support the chiefly strategies that involved their power specialists, who included land managers, captains, warriors, and priests.
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