Contextualising Innovation. Cattle Owners and Wagon Drivers in the North Caucasus and Beyond

Reinhold, Sabine and Gresky, Julia and Berezina, Natalia and Kantorovich, Anatoly R. and Knipper, Corina and Maslov, Vladimir E. and Petrenko, Vladimira G. and Alt, Kurt W. and Belinsky, Andrey B.. (2017) Contextualising Innovation. Cattle Owners and Wagon Drivers in the North Caucasus and Beyond. In: Appropriating Innovations: Entangled Knowledge in Eurasia, 5000-1500 BCE. Oxford, pp. 78-97.

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Innovation is the social act of appropriating new practices or techniques into an existing life. During the late 4th millennium BC, the populations of the North Caucasus and the neighbouring steppe adopted animal traction and vehicles into their lifescapes. The representation of this innovation, however, suggests different intellectual discourses in the appropriation process. The Maikop communities selected the powerful driving force - cattle teams - for their burial representations, whereas the steppe communities chose to highlight the means of transportation - wagons. While the one emphasised a new form of extended labour and neglected the objects of traction, the other highlighted the new means of transportation and mobility, disregarding the ‘engines’ in the process. This article discusses the different ways the same innovation can be appropriated in different communities and draws upon bioarchaeological studies to question the practical relevance of these innovations for the everyday life of the adopting societies.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedical Engineering
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA Schünemann)
UniBasel Contributors:Alt, Kurt W.
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Oxbow Books
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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