Applying Evolutionary Archaeology: A Systematic Approach / Edition 1

Applying Evolutionary Archaeology: A Systematic Approach / Edition 1

by Michael J. O'Brien, R. Lee Lyman
     
 

This book is an in-depth treatment of Darwinian evolutionism and its applicability to the investigation of the archaeological record. The authors explain the unique position that this kind of evolutionism holds in science and how it bears on any attempt to explain change over time in the organic world, demonstrate commonalities between archaeology and paleobiology,

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This book is an in-depth treatment of Darwinian evolutionism and its applicability to the investigation of the archaeological record. The authors explain the unique position that this kind of evolutionism holds in science and how it bears on any attempt to explain change over time in the organic world, demonstrate commonalities between archaeology and paleobiology, and explain the principles, methods, and techniques - the systematics - inherent in the approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306462535
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
03/31/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
470
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Figures. Tables. 1. Darwinian Theory and Archaeology. 2. Two Kinds of Science: Essentialism and Materialism. 3. The Materialist Paradox in Archaeology. 4. The Place of History in Modern Paleobiology and Archaeology. 5. Archaeological Units and Their Construction. 6. Building and Testing Historical Lineages. 7. Tempo and Mode in Evolution. 8. Explaining Lineage Histories. 9. Evolutionary Archaeology: An Epilogue. References. Glossary. Index.

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