Archaeology is a discipline without chronological, methodological, political or territorial borders. Yet current territorial divisions and traditional and local ideologies often bind and constrain the discipline in its study of the wider social processes of the past, thereby limiting the development of important, if broad, narratives. There are practical issues also. Lack of sufficiently detailed archaeological datasets, or the inadequate synthesis and integration of the data sets generated by multiple sources hampers interpretation. It presents additional challenges for researchers that seek to build broad regional or, indeed, global narratives. This theme invites contributions that deal with a wide range of phenomena on a regional or global scale, such as technological diffusion, cultural interaction, distribution and spread of plant and animal species, cultural identity, human and cultural mobility and social complexity. In particular, contributions that identify and examine wider social processes through the prism of local datasets are welcomed.
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