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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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Headhunting and Social Power in Iron Age Europe

Headhunting and Social Power in Iron Age Europe

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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC

Ian Armit

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the relationship between headhunting and social power, particularly in societies in transition between different forms of social ordering. To do so, it focuses specifically on the Iron Age communities of southern France. The impetus for this chapter comes from previous lack of consideration given to the historicity of headhunting in Iron Age Europe. Where the subject has been discussed at all, it has generally been to establish presence or absence, rather than to consider the nature and role of headhunting within wider social practice. Yet anthropological studies have frequently shown that headhunting is a far from simple phenomenon.

Keywords:   headhunting, social power, social order, Iron Age, southern France

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