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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Staff

Publication details for Professor John Chapman

Chapman, John & Gaydarska, Bisserka (2017). The Cucuteni – Trypillia ‘Big Other’ – Reflections on the Making of Millennial Cultural Traditions. In Between History and Archaeology: Papers in honour of Jacek Lech. Werra, Dagmara H. & Woźny, Marzena Oxford: Archaeopress. 267-277.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

The second methodological revolution for Trypillia mega-sites is leading to an interpretative shift from the study of entire mega-sites to the study of their constituent Neighbourhoods and Quarters. We are now in the process of developing the theoretical implications of this shift, which should lead to a parallel change in social interpretations from the classification of the political structure of an entire mega-site to a more nuanced study of the nested levels of the settlement – person, household, neighbourhood and entire settlement. We begin this theoretical work in this chapter which we take pleasure in dedicating to John’s friend Jacek Lech. It focuses on a neglected, but key, aspect of the research agenda: the Cucuteni–Trypillia ‘Big Other’.