Hayden's aggrandiser model needs revision on theoretical grounds.
Lastly, vessels used for feast foods might be expected to be decorated, bearing stylistic information pertaining to the aggrandiser, his or her family and/or larger social group.
He proposed that the ceramics were used as food containers for competitive display and consumption, but at the same time, he left open the possibility that aggrandisers might use other media for prestige food containers.
At this site, and doubtless others in due course, the initial Bronze Age witnessed the rapid establishment of a social elite, of aggrandisers who clearly controlled access to prestigious artefacts of copper, marble and shell and expressed their new-found dominance in elaborate mortuary feasting.
Our excavations have isolated a number of behavioural changes that could have stimulated this sudden transition from Iron Age leaders to regional princes: competition between aggrandisers over people and valued imports such as gold, silver and bronze, investment in authority to create and maintain water control measures and control over the production and deployment of salt.