Fragments of an anarchic society: Kura-Araxes territorialization in the third millennium BC town at Tel Bet Yerah

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Abstract

Neither a polity, nor a culture, nor an ethnicity in any strict sense, Kura-Araxes has been described as a ‘society against the state’, with an aversion to structures of economic and social centralization. What happens when such a society is thrown into an apparently dependent relationship with a settled urban population? This question is explored through the lens of Tel Bet Yerah/Khirbet el-Kerak, in the Jordan river valley, where a small diasporic Kura-Araxes community settled in abandoned spaces within a 25-hectare walled town, maintaining its corporate identity over a span of two or three generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-400
Number of pages17
JournalWorld Archaeology
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Khirbet Kerak
  • Kura-Araxes
  • Levant
  • anarchism
  • foodways
  • marginality

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