Forthcoming Publications

Barbara L. Stark

The Archaeology of Political Organization is an examination of settlement in the rich coastal plain of lowland Mesoamerica, which was wealthy by Mesoamerican values with fertile soil and tropical commodities such as jaguars, cacao, avian species with bright plumage, and...

Patrick Vinton Kirch

The Lapita Cultural Complex—first uncovered in the mid-twentieth century as a widespread archaeological complex spanning both Melanesia and Western Polynesia—has subsequently become recognized as of fundamental importance to Oceanic prehistory. Notable for its highly distinctive, elaborate,...

William A. Parkinson, Attila Gyucha, and Richard W. Yerkes

The transition from the Neolithic period to the Copper Age in the northern Balkans and the Carpathian Basin was marked by significant changes in material culture, settlement layout and organization, and mortuary practices that indicate fundamental social transformations in...

Attila Gyucha and William A Parkinson

Over several millennia, early agricultural villages in southeastern Europe gave rise to tribal kingdoms and monarchies, replacing smaller, more egalitarian social structures with complex state organizations led by royal individuals invested with power.  this...