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Textile Production and Its Implications For Complex Social Organization

Cannon, Joshua Warren (2010) Textile Production and Its Implications For Complex Social Organization. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This Bachelors of Philosophy Thesis builds upon the present body of literature and research concerned with the relationship between craft production and the emergence of complex societies. This is done by examining the evidence for textile production at the Early Bronze Age site Karataş, in the Elmalı plain of SW Turkey. This research uses the tools of textile production to draw conclusions about the settlement's complex social organization. Karataş consists of a central mound, approximately 100 m in diameter with a 1.9 ha settlement surrounding it. Excavation at this site began in 1963 and continued to 1975, conducted by Bryn Mawr College under the directorship of Dr. Matcheld Mellink (Warner 1994: Preface, 5). This research demonstrates that Karataş went through varying degrees of economic centralization leading ultimately to the site's abandonment. By conducting a GIS analysis of the distribution of artifacts associated with textile production, this research reveals a concentration of textile production in the fourth period of the site's habitation (EBA II). This concentration is presented as possibly the result of an increase in political authority, emanating from the central mound, which was not previously present within this ancient community. It is followed by a gradual decentralization of textile production in the fifth and sixth periods (EBA II-III) and then abandonment. The final decentralization reflects a loss of political control across the settlement, and may be tied directly to the abandonment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cannon, Joshua
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHanks, Bryanbkh5@pitt.eduBKH5
Committee MemberAllen, Kathleenkmallen@pitt.eduKMALLEN
Committee MemberWright, Rita
Committee MemberHarbert, Williamharbert@pitt.eduHARBERT
Date: 12 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 8 April 2010
Approval Date: 12 May 2010
Submission Date: 5 May 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anatolia; complex society; craft production; Early Bronze Age; Karatas; textile
Other ID:, etd-05052010-175523
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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