Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120031030, 9781483214801

Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory

1st Edition

Volume 3

Editors: Michael B Schiffer
eBook ISBN: 9781483214801
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1980
Page Count: 462
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Description

Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 3 presents the progressive explorations in methods and theory in archeology. This book discusses the general cultural significance of cult archeology.

Organized into nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the spectrum of professional reactions to cult archeology. This text then examines the applicability of evolutionary theory to archeology. Other chapters consider the fundamental principles of adaptation as applied to human behavior and review the state of application of adaptational approaches in archeology. This book discusses as well the convergence of evolutionary and ecological perspectives in anthropology that has given rise to a distinct concept of culture. The final chapter deals with obsidian dating as a chronometric method and explains the problems that limit its effectiveness.

This book is a valuable resource for archeologists and anthropologists. Graduate students and archeology students will also find this book extremely useful.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Contents of Previous Volumes


1 Cult Archeology and Unscientific Method and Theory


Cult Archeology


Interpretation of the Phenomenon of Cult Archeology


The Need to Deal with Cult Archeology


Conclusions


References


2 Evolutionary Theory and Archeology


Evolution


Cultural Evolution


Modern Evolutionary Biology


Evolution and Archeology


Some Conclusions


The Future of Evolutionary Theory in Archeology


Conclusions


References


3 The Archaeological Study of Adaptation: Theoretical and Methodological Issues


Introduction


Adaptation, Evolution, and Ecology


Cultural Adaptation


Components of Adaptation


Archaeological Approaches to Adaptation


Prospects


References


4 The Use of General Ecological Principles in Archeology


How General Principles Are Used: An Example


Some Logical Problems


The Ecological Explanation of Cultural Diversity


Conclusion


References


5 Explanatory/Predictive Models of Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation


Background


Ethnographic Studies


General Models of Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation


Models of Subsistence


Models of Settlement Location and Territoriality


Models of Population


Discussion


Conclusion


References


6 An Optimum Diet Model, Coastal Variability, and Hunter-Gatherer Behavior


Introduction


Model Definitions and Assumptions


An Energy-Based Model of Coastal Systems


Relative Productivity Ranking of Terrestrial and Nonterrestrial Zones


Least Effort-Least Risk

Details

No. of pages:
462
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1980
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483214801

About the Editor

Michael B Schiffer

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