Behavioral Archaeology: Principles and Practice

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This book synthesizes the fundamental method and theory of behavioral archaeology. It recounts the development of key ideas in relation to the historical contexts in which they emerged. Among the major topics addressed are philosophy of science and the scientific method, artifacts and human behavior, archaeological inference, formation processes of the archaeological record, technological change, behavioral change, and human communication. A selection of case studies make clear the relevance of behavioral method and theory for the everyday practice of archaeology.
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Michael Brian Schiffer is the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where he has taught since 1975. His interests include archaeological method and theory, behavioral change, technological change, ceramic technology, and history of electrical and electronic technologies.
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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction|1 Origins and the Four Strategies of Behavioral Archaeology|2 Conceptual Foundations|Part II. Inference and Formation Processes|3 Archaeological Inference|4 Cultural Formation Processes|5 Noncultural (Environmental) Formation Processes|6 Identifying Formation Processes|7 Building Chronologies: A Hohokam Case Study|8 The Archaeological Process|Part III. Technology|9 Research on Technology: History and Overview|10 Studying Technological Change (with James M. Skibo)|11 Ceramic Surface Treatments and Cooking Pot Performance|12 Folk Theories and Scientific Theories: the Case of the Early Electric Automobile|13 Long-Term Technological Competitions|14 Technological Differentiation|15 Differential Adoption and the Electric Lighthouse|16 The Cascade Model of Invention Processes|Part IV. New Directions|17 The “New” Behavioral Archaeology|18 Ritual and Religion (Kacy L. Hollenback)|19 A Behavioral Theory of Meaning (with the assistance of Andrea R. Miller)|20 The Materiality of Social Power (with William H. Walker)|21 Landscapes (Kacy L. Hollenback)|
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