Applying Evolutionary Archaeology: A Systematic Approach / Edition 1

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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.

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'This book will repay reading and patient study by any archaeologist or student who hopes that his or her efforts will add to the store of human knowledge but may not be sure how to make that happen.'
Journal of Anthropological Research, 57 (2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306462542
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 3/31/2000
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 471
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (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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