Show Summary Details

p. 586. Settlement and societylocked

  • Paul Bahn


An important aspect of archaeology is determining where people lived, or what kind of settlement they lived in. Finding this out helps archaeologists to address the more complex questions about how they lived and related to each other. ‘Settlement and society’ defines the notion of ‘site’ and explains that not every site found is necessarily a dwelling place. Dwelling places can usually be detected by the existence of a number of features and artefacts. Lots of things can be detected by examining sites, including graves and public monuments, to discover levels of wealth, available facilities, and status.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.