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Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania

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Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania

Edited by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee & Zamir Tafilica

Light and Shadow

ISBN: 978-1-931745-71-0

Publication Date: April 2013

Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 28

Price: $65.00

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Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them. The Shala Valley Project presents the highlanders, the malësorë, in the full complexity of their lives, while also unveiling a new, deeper history for the region—a history that reaches back to an unexpected fortified Iron Age site.

Light and Shadow tells many stories. Archaeologists, historians, and students of tribes, of empires, of imperial-indigenous relations, of blood feud, of kinship, of the built landscape, of world-systems theory and sustainability science, and more, will find much here to digest. The people of Shala, to which Light and Shadow is dedicated, may serve as an example in our modern age, one in which persistent, tribal peoples still fight for their survival, and seek to preserve some degree of independence from capitalist economies bent on their incorporation.

 

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee, and Zamir Tafilica
  • Chapter 2 - Project History and Methodology by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee, and Zamir Tafilica
  • Chapter 3 - The Environmental Context by Michael L. Galaty
  • Chapter 4 - Archival Historical Research by Wayne E. Lee, Matthew Lubin, and Edward Ndreca, with contributions by Michael L. Galaty, Mentor Mustafa, and Robert Schon
  • Chapter 5 - Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Kinship Relations: Descent, Marriage, and Feud by Mentor Mustafa, Antonia Young, Michael L. Galaty, and Wayne E. Lee
  • Chapter 6 - Economy and Settlement by Charles Watkinson
  • Chapter 7 - Modern Settlement Patterns and the Built Landscape by Wayne E. Lee
  • Chapter 8 - The Sacred Landscape of Shala by Zamir Tafilica
  • Chapter 9 - Regional Archaeological Survey and Excavation Results by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Charles Watkinson, Robert Schon, and Zamir Tafilica, with contributions by William A. Parkinson and Joanita Vroom
  • Chapter 10 - Grunas by Michael L. Galaty, Zamir Tafilica, Christopher T. Fisher, Wayne E. Lee, Attila Gyucha, and Robert Schon, with contributions by William A. Parkinson, Timothy J. Ward, Richard W. Yerkes, Susan E. Allen, Michelle Elliott, Hanneke Hoekman-Sites, Heather A. Rypkema, Jiyan Gu, Nadia D. Al Hashimi, Christopher D. Horne, Christie L. Kokel, and James E. Thompson
  • Chapter 11 - Conclusion by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee, and Zamir Tafilica
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