The Archaeology of Illegal and Illicit Economies

  title={The Archaeology of Illegal and Illicit Economies},
  author={A. Hartnett and S. Dawdy},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
In the past 25 years, an interest in “informal economies” has grown across the social sciences, encompassing economic activities not (successfully) regulated by government. Archaeology has paralleled this interest primarily through studies of household and craft production; much of this work presumes rather than proves state control over quotidian exchanges. The smaller number of works on the riskier endeavors of piracy, smuggling, and prostitution, which we review here, underscores how weak… Expand
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