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Colin Renfrew

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Gordon Childe 1925 was first to realize the remorseless logic of social revolutions of prehistory. He was first to see a process - an inevitable and predictable set of social consequences.

Civ started on the large alluvial plains which needed extensive co-operative work to drain/irrigate land, and to build defences.

Surplus of grain grown on fertile plains had to not only pay for imported resources, but support merchants and transporters.

Then you needed soldiers to protect convoys, scribes to keep records of increasingly complex transactions, and state officials to reconcile conflicting interests.

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