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By Fredrik Fahlander.

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ISBN-13: 9789185952533

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When Commander Kirk in Star Trek ruthlessly tried to charge alien civilisation with American ideals of right and wrong (like the USA on earth), the humans of Earth Two are self-reflective, environmentally conscious and emphatically understanding towards the planet’s indigenous inhabitants (although they nevertheless emphasise American neo-liberal ideals). This shift in perspective is very similar to contemporary trends within archaeology. g. Kaliff 1992, Lagerlöf 1991; see also Larsson 1997). g.

8 Neither can the process be regarded as temporally linear in any sense; it is best seen as a temporally and spatially fluctuating process. It is naturally more difficult to find indications of such processes in prehistory, but a few examples might support the argument. In the proto-history of the Mediterranean area, we have several instances of how ideologies, values, and norms can be spread rapidly in different ways. The Greek colonisation period in 750–550 BC is a classic example of the spread of Greek culture by a series of migrations.

Obviously, the social significance of spatiality is related to technology and knowledge, which are also relevant to low-scale societies of prehistory. The use of enhancing techniques such as boats, wagons and animals for transport certainly affects the time-space boundaries of a locale. In a similar way, environmental properties constrain or enhance movements. There is much left to discuss regarding the relation between social practices and their environmental setting. However, to make progress it is necessary to hold an extensive discussion regarding the social implications of the environment and of material culture.

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