Heterogenetic cities in premodern Southeast Asia

Authors
Citation
Jn. Miksic, Heterogenetic cities in premodern Southeast Asia, WORLD ARCHA, 32(1), 2000, pp. 106-120
Citations number
31
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
106 - 120
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200006)32:1<106:HCIPSA>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
Archaeologists working in non-Western areas of the world tend to employ mon othetic, unilinear definitions of 'urbanization'. The definition of what co nstitutes a 'city' in archaeological terms is also ambiguous. Most definiti ons are biased by dependence on early archaeological work in the Mediterran ean and Southwest Asia. Models of city formation must be based on multi-lin ear, polythetic criteria, in order to accommodate non-Western phenomena. A polythetic functional definition of urbanization recognizes two distinct fo rms of the city: orthogenetic and heterogenetic. Literature on Southeast As ia has mainly concerned itself with orthogenetic sties. This article presen ts archaeological data on under-studied heterogenetic cities in insular Sou theast Asia.