Darwin And Archaeology

Darwin And Archaeology

by John Hart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897898796

ISBN-13: 9780897898799

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The last decades of the 20th century witnessed strongly growing interest in evolutionary approaches to the human past. Even now, however, there is little real agreement on what evolutionary archaeology is all about. A major obstacle is the lack of consensus on how to define the basic principles of Darwinian thought in ways that are genuinely relevant to the

Overview

The last decades of the 20th century witnessed strongly growing interest in evolutionary approaches to the human past. Even now, however, there is little real agreement on what evolutionary archaeology is all about. A major obstacle is the lack of consensus on how to define the basic principles of Darwinian thought in ways that are genuinely relevant to the archaeological sciences. Each chapter in this new collection of specially invited essays focuses on a single major concept and its associated key words, summarizes its historic and current uses, and then reviews case studies illustrating that concept's present and probable future role in research. What these authors say shows the richness and current diversity of thought among those today who insist that Darwinism has a key role to play in archaeology.

Each chapter includes definitions of related key words. Because the same key words may have the same or different meanings in different conceptual contexts, many of these key words are addressed in more than one chapter. In addition to exploring key concepts, collectively the book's chapters show the broad range of ideas and opinions in this intellectual arena today. This volume reflects—and clarifies—debate today on the role of Darwinism in modern archaeology, and by doing so, may help shape the directions that future work in archaeology will take.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897898799
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary M. Feinman

Introduction by John Edward Terrell and John P. Hart

Adaptation by Todd Van Pool

Biological Constraint by James Steele

Cause by Michael J. O'Brien and R. Lee Lyman

Classification by R. Lee Lyman and Michael J. O'Brien

Complexity by John Kantner

Culture by Paul Roscoe

Descent by Scott MacEachern

History by Sibel Barut Kusimba

Individuals by Dean R. Snow

Learning by Stephen J. Shennan

Models by Bruce Winterhalder

Natural Selection by Robert D. Leonard and George T. Jones

Populations by Kevin Kelly

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