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This unique work explores the fundamental importance of Darwinian theory to archaeology. Contributors describe the myriad of approaches that archaeologists have taken while investigating prehistory through a Darwinian paradigm. In addition, they provide an important theoretical and methodological foundation for the current state of the field. Chapters are divided into three sections examining cultural and behavioral selection; various forms of dual inheritance and kin-selection; and archaeological impacts of evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology, and the evolution of mental adaptations.

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Twelve contributions elucidate some of the salient points and the rich potential in taking a Darwinian approach to archaeological problems. They are grouped in sections on cultural and behavioral selection, individuals and dual inheritance, and cognition and the evolution of mental adaptations. A sampling of topics: the change from biface to flake technology, multiple code structures in the replication of human culture, weak modularity and the evolution of human social behavior, and the origin of art. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Darwinian Archaeologies: An Introductory Essay; H. Maschner, S. Mithen. Cultural and Behavioral Selection: The Historical Development of an Evolutionary Archaeology: A Selectionist Approach; M.J. O'Brien. Explaining the Change from Biface to Flake Technology: A Selectionist Application; A.L. Abbot, et al. Cultural Virus Theory and the Eusocial Pottery Assemblage; B.R.S. Cullen. Organized Dissonance: Multiple Code Structures in the Replication of Human Culture; R. Fletcher. Paths to Revisionism in CulturalBehavioral Selection: Individuals and Dual Inheritance: Kin Selection and the Origins of Hereditary Social Inequality: A Case Study from the Northern Northwest Coast; H.D.G. Maschner, J.Q. Patton. Archaeology, Style, and the Theory of Coevolution; K.M. Ames. Style, Function, and Cultural Evolutionary Processes; R.L. Bettinger, et al. In Search of the Watchmaker: Attribution of Agency in Natural and Cultural Selection; P. Graves-Brown. Cognition and the Evolution of Mental Adaptations: Weak Modularity and the Evolution of Human Social Behavior; J. Steele. The Origin of Art: Natural Signs, Mental Modularity and Visual Symbolism; S. Mithen. Overview: The State of Evolutionary Archaeology; R.L. Bettinger, P.J. Richerson. Index.

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