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Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 4 presents the progressive explorations in methods and theory in archeology. This book discusses the increasing application of surface collection in cultural resource management. Organized into eight chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the fundamental aspects of archeoastronomy and explains what kinds of testable hypotheses that archeoastronomy generates. This text then examines the general implications for the study of cultural complexity. Other chapters consider the use of surface artifacts by archeologists to locate sites, establish regional culture histories, and to know where to excavate within sites. This book discusses as well the interpretative interfaces between archeology on the one hand, and ethnohistory and ethnology on the other, that is based on a theoretical stance advocating a fundamental holistic approach to anthropology. The final chapter deals with understanding the ecology of ancient organisms. This book is a valuable resource for archeologists and anthropologists.
Contents of Previous Volumes
The Astronomical and Technical Background for Archaeoastronomical Studies
The Frontiers of Archaeoastronomical Research
Summary: The Future of Archaeoastronomy
Appendix A: Azimuth Finder Computer Program
Appendix B: Azimuth-Declination Predictor Computer Program for TI-59 Calculator
2 Explaining the Evolution of Cultural Complexity: A Review
Explanation and the Concept of Cultural Complexity
Cultural Materialism, Marxist Structuralism, and Dialectical Materialism
General Systems Theory, Hierarchy Theory, Information Theory, and Catastrophe Theory
Toward an Evolutionary Explanation of Cultural Complexity
3 Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Ethnology: Interpretive Interfaces
Analogy and Archaeology
Material Culture Interests: The New Dimensions
Archaeology and Ethnohistory: The Written Word
Summary and Conclusions
4 Seasonality Studies
Methods of Seasonality Estimation
5 Isotopic Discrimination and Correction Factors in Radiocarbon Dating
Possible Correction Factors
Extending the Temporal Horizons of Radiocarbon Dating
6 The Expanding Role of Surface Assemblages in Archaeological Research
Formation Processes of Surface Assemblages
Arguments Against Use of Surface Materials
The Expanding Role of Surface Material
Contributions of Intensive Surface Collection
7 Developments and Directions in Geoarchaeology
What Is Geoarchaeology?
Geoarchaeology in Practice
Directions for Geoarchaeology
8 Taphonomy and Paleoecology: A Critical Review of Archaeology’s Sister Disciplines
Current Problems of Method and Theory in Taphonomy and Paleoecology
Practical Aspects of Vertebrate Taphonomy of Use to Archaeologists
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- © Academic Press 1981
- 28th April 1981
- Academic Press
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