Resistencia e involución social en las comunidades de la Edad del Bronce del sureste de la Península Ibérica

Aranda Jiménez, Gonzalo
2015. Trabajos de Prehistoria 72(1):126-144
Published: 9/7/15


Argaric communities (EBA) have been traditionally explained as the result of a long process of increasing complexity that led to deep social asymmetries and individualized identities. This paper explores not so much what triggered this process as the phenomenon of resistance to this social and economic dynamic. If one considers the cultural changes and continuities that occurredover the course of the Bronze Age as a whole, this resis-
tance should be considered successful. In this sense, the disappearance of individual burials, the continued reuse of collective megalithic graves, the simpler division of labour and craft specialization that characterized the Late Bronze Age, and the return to an architecture dominated by circular and oval shapes are some of the aspects that reflect less complex societies and an increased emphasis on community organization and collective identities.


words: Bronze Age; Southeast of Iberia; Social Complexity; Resistance; Individualization; Collective Identity; Social Involution; Funerary Practices; Urbanism; Metallurgy.

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