Trade and Exchange

Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory

  • Carolyn D. Dillian
  • Carolyn L. White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carolyn D. Dillian, Carolyn L. White
      Pages 3-14
  3. Prehistoric Exchange

  4. Historic Exchange

  5. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 194-194
    2. Timothy Earle
      Pages 205-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


Long before the advent of the global economy, foreign goods were transported, traded, and exchanged through myriad means, over short and long distances. Archaeological tools for identifying foreign objects, such as provenance studies, stylistic analyses, and economic documentary sources reveal non-local materials in historic and prehistoric assemblages.

Trade and exchange represent more than mere production and consumption. Exchange of goods also led to an exchange of cultural and social experiences. Discoveries of the sources of alien objects surpass archaeological expectations of exchange and geographic distance, revealing important technological advances.

With thirteen case studies from around the world, this comprehensive work provides a fresh perspective on material culture studies. Evidence of ongoing negotiation between individuals, villages, and nations provides insight into the impact of trade on the micro-, meso-, and macro-level. Covering a wide array of time periods and areas, this work will be of interest to archaeologists, anthropologists, and anyone working in cultural studies.


Chesapeake Chinese archaeology Cultural Studies Maya Obsidian Vor- und Frühgeschichte historical archaeology holocene material culture prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Carolyn D. Dillian
    • 1
  • Carolyn L. White
    • 2
  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Anthropology Dept.University of Nevada, RenoRenoU.S.A.

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