Archaeology and European History

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Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania

Edited by Michael L. Galaty
Edited by Ols Lafe
Edited by Wayne E. Lee
Edited by Zamir Tafilica

Winner of the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Book Award in the Scholarly Category

Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them. The Shala Valley Project presents the highlanders, the malësorë, in the full complexity of their lives, while also unveiling a new, deeper history for the region—a history that reaches back to an unexpected fortified Iron Age site.

Light and Shadow tells many stories. Archaeologists, historians, and students of tribes, of empires, of imperial-indigenous relations, of blood feud, of kinship, of the built landscape, of world-systems theory and sustainability science, and more, will find much here to digest. The people of Shala, to which Light and Shadow is dedicated, may serve as an example in our modern age, one in which persistent, tribal peoples still fight for their survival, and seek to preserve some degree of independence from capitalist economies bent on their incorporation.


Michael L. Galaty is professor of anthropology and Department Head of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University.

Ols Lafe is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tirana. He is Director of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Wayne E. Lee is professor of history at the University of North Carolina and currently the chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense.

Zamir Tafilica has since 1987 been responsible for the Department of Archaeology at the Historical Museum of Shkodër and became director of the museum in 2008.

Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 304 pages 137 figures, 18 tables