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Long-term Social Processes and Demographic Dynamics of the Early Bronze Age (2800–1700 BC) in the Northern Banat Region of Serbia

Dakovic, Gligor (2023) Long-term Social Processes and Demographic Dynamics of the Early Bronze Age (2800–1700 BC) in the Northern Banat Region of Serbia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This doctoral dissertation examines long term social and economic transitions in the Northern Banat Region of present-day Serbia during the Bronze Age (2800–1700 BC). At this time, it appears that egalitarian communities gave way to completely new forms of hierarchical social organization by the early second millennium BC. These developments have been characterized through conventional social typologies based on the discovery of well-furnished graves in which unequal access to prestige goods is apparent. Bronze Age cemeteries have drawn the most interest with much less comparable research being undertaken on regional settlement patterning, household organization, and scale and location of craft production activities. Dissertation field research was undertaken in the Banat region of Northern Serbia, located in the Carpathian Basin of Europe, and was funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (# 1834491) in cooperation of the Intermunicipal Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Subotica and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. Research was comprised of the development of methods using a regional scale pedestrian survey of 200 square kilometers, surface collection of artifacts and statistical analysis, targeted near surface geophysical surveys and spatial analysis of topographic, environmental and survey data. Assessment of the data collected revealed exceptionally significant regional scale changes regarding demographic densities, socio-economic practices, and settlement patterns with regional integration and population centralization on a supra-local level during Early and Middle Bronze Age Early (2200-1500BCE). Results also indicate the presence of economic intensification and interdependence with considerable potential for long distance trade and exchange. Subsequently the Late Bronze Age period (1500-800BCE) bring about a significant depopulation of the region and disintegrations of the previously established socio-political systems.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dakovic, Gligorgld11@pitt.edugld11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHanks, Bryanbkh5@pitt.edubkh5
Committee MemberBermann, Marc
Committee MemberDrennan, Robert
Committee MemberO'Shea, john
Date: 25 January 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 March 2022
Approval Date: 25 January 2023
Submission Date: 26 November 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 209
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bronze age, social complexity
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2023 15:04
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2023 15:04


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