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Regional groupings book
The British Isles presents a varied landscape – a cluster of disparate ecozones within which societies have structured their existence. Sometimes and in some places similar attributes of culture were shared over considerable regions: on other occasions distinct cultural packages were strictly localized. Within this variation is embedded much information about identity and political systems, about the constraints of landscape and networks of communication, and about the relationship of the British community to developing world systems. It is the task of the archaeologist to identify patterns within the material evidence and to attempt to interpret them in terms of past communities and their trajectories of change. In this chapter we will consider, by way of introduction, some of the broader issues of regionalism. Subsequent chapters will look in more detail at different categories of evidence such as pottery styles, variation within settlement structures and patterns of exchange.