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Settlements
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Generally speaking, settlements include various types of construction: individual buildings in isolation as well as villages, towns, and cities with various types of internal organization, functions, and networks. These tend to generate different forms of religious symbol systems. In ancient societies, the distinction between urban centers (Town and city) and other forms of settlement played a central role. The city or town was the center, the surrounding settlements the periphery…

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Pezzoli-Olgiati, Daria, “Settlements”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124854>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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