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dc.contributor.authorPetek, N
dc.contributor.authorLane, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-01T14:14:00Z
dc.date.available2019-05-01T14:14:00Z
dc.date.issued2017-05-01
dc.identifier.issn0043-8243
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292163
dc.description.abstract© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Most archaeological discussions of surplus production tend to focus either on its role in the emergence and maintenance of social complexity (whether among hunter-gatherers, farming communities or incipient states) or on the enabling properties of surplus as a basis for technological advances and aesthetic elaboration. Here, we offer a rather different perspective on surplus as an initiator of communitas and driver of ethnogenesis following a period of intense socio-ecological stress, environmental degradation and localized demographic decline during the nineteenth century. The particular case study concerns the Maa-language-speaking Ilchamus community who currently occupy areas around the southern end of Lake Baringo in the Central Rift Valley, Kenya. Drawing on a combination of new archaeological evidence, oral accounts and archival sources, the paper details the processes whereby destitute groups were drawn together into acts of surplus food production, initially of grain via the implementation of a system of irrigated agriculture and subsequently of cattle through the mobilization of kinship and related ties. In so doing, disparate older identities were abandoned or transformed and a different, unifying ethnicity–Ilchamus–emerged based on a new moral economy of shared prosperity.
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean Commission Marie Curie ITN
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.titleEthnogenesis and surplus food production: communitas and identity building among nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ilchamus, Lake Baringo, Kenya
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage60
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2017
prism.publicationNameWorld Archaeology
prism.startingPage40
prism.volume49
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.39314
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-11-09
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/00438243.2016.1259583
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-05-01
dc.contributor.orcidLane, Paul [0000-0002-9936-1310]
dc.identifier.eissn1470-1375
dc.publisher.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00438243.2016.1259583
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2017-01-20
dc.identifier.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00438243.2016.1259583


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