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Concealed communities: The people at the margins

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sam Turner, Dr Robert Young


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The "concealed communities" of our title are the people archaeologists have often labeled as "marginal." Archaeologists writing about both prehistoric and historic periods have commonly made a range of assumptions about margins and marginality, and their discussions have often categorized marginality as ecological, economic, or socio-political. Whilst it has been common to privilege one or other of these categories in order to explain how societies worked, they are rarely mutually exclusive. In addition, since marginality is relative, virtually any group might be made marginal depending on people's perspectives in the past or present. Sometimes marginality can be imposed (economically or politically), and sometimes even actively chosen. Defining the "margin" is a complex business, and the term needs sensitive, context-orientated use to make it useful for archaeologists. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Turner S, Young R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Historical Archaeology

Year: 2007

Volume: 11

Issue: 4

Pages: 297-303

Print publication date: 01/12/2007

ISSN (print): 1092-7697

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7748

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10761-007-0033-7


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