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The Militarization of a Society: The Example of Transcaucasia in the Early Iron Age

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An Archaeological Overview

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The aim of the present paper is to analyze the particular political and social process which began in the lands south of the main Caucasus range at the end of the Late Bronze Age and continued and strengthened during the following Iron Age. This process was characterized by the marked militarization of the society, which involved many related aspects, not just the political system but also social life and organization. The following pages will be dedicated to an analysis of some well-defined aspects, such as the organization of the human landscape, architecture, funerary customs, arts, politics and economy. Emphasis will be placed on how these were affected by this process of militarization and the main features of the latter will be described.

Affiliations: 1: ISMEO, Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente


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