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"Addresses not only the question of whether warfare has been ubiquitous during the human past, but also its causes and the consequences for social change, espeically the development of cheifdom and state societies."
…a useful collection of essays…well-edited and refreshingly jargon-free; a good addition to the library of war in archaeology.
" This volume has a great deal to offer archaeologists who are interested in ancient warfare."
--The Journal of Military History
" Filled with useful information and ideas. Very well-written and finely edited. An excellent set of case studies and a good catalogue of evidence. A lengthy and up-to-date bibliography that is invaluable to anyone interested in the history and prehistory of war."
--Journal of Anthropological Research
"This outstanding volume will certainly fuel increased interest in the systematic study of warfare in prehistory. By pursuing such topics, archaeologists can provide much needed long-term perspectives on this very real, if deplorable, aspect of human existence."