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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 and Zamir Tafilica

Light and Shadow
Hardback, 304 pages £50.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781931745710
Format: 278mm x 215mm
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Series: Monumenta Archaeologica

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 malesore, 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.

Michael L. Galaty is professor of anthropology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and a former chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Ols Lafe is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tirana. He is Director of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports. Wayne E. Lee is professor of history at the University of North Carolina and currently the chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. Zamir Tafilica has since 1987 been responsible for the Department of Archaeology at the Historical Museum of Shkoder and became director of the museum in 2008.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 304 pages
 278mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS010010, SOC002000, SOC003000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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