>>--- On Mon, 29/9/08, John Hooker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
At the very least, one should look at pre and post beaker cultures for evidence of extreme hierarchies (including high status objects).
High status objects?
Don't we have them?
The monuments themselves should surely prove to be the 'high status objects' that we seek along with the 'high status' burials compared to the common graves we also see.
The extreme hierarchies are staring into our faces!
Our traditional interpretations cloud what should really be pretty obvious, we ought to turn to an element of lateral thinking and grasp the fact that the evidence we have outlines a greater, more realistic picture if we are willing to see it!