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Reverse engineering collective action: complex technologies in stateless societies

Project description

Unveiling sustained voluntary collaboration

The role of voluntary human cooperation has been invaluable throughout history. Archaeological studies on collective activities have focused mainly on actions imposed by the state, hierarchical structures or collaboration on simple technologies that enable survival. But, how can complex or "luxury" technological systems be sustained in the absence of coercive political administrations? The EU-funded REVERSEACTION project will address hypotheses on the links between cooperative technologies, cross-craft collaboration, resilience, ritual, and the emergence of innovations. It will focus on complex archaeological technologies from stateless societies of pre-Columbian America and develop world-wide comparisons. REVERSEACTION will apply archaeological science methods and environmental studies to reverse engineer archaeological artefacts, and explore collaborations with anthropology, sociology, management studies and crafts.

Host institution

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 2 484 690,00
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC

Beneficiaries (1)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 2 484 690,00
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC