Re: from bands to states?

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 14:39:22 -0500

'Course the other assumption here is that "Mesolithic era" societies were
only organized as "bands."

I can imagine folks working with a chipped stone industry who were
exploiting a productive enough resource -- such as say, Bison antiquus
(the Olsen-Chubbock event ca 800 bp produced some 60,000 lbs of usable
meat) -- being organized as dispersed 'tribes' linked by sodalities rather
than as independent bands.


On Thu, 15 Aug 1996, Wade Tarzia wrote:

> Just a detail that a previous post jogged me into -- if Fried thought
> tribes (meaning chiefdom here, or the tribe based on earned-and-ephemeral
> leader roles??) developed only through contacts with nearby states, then
> how would he explain the assumed jump from mesolithic-era band society to
> developing neolithic-era tribes and chiefdoms before any state can have
> existed? -- wade