Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120031061, 9781483294292

Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 6

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Michael Schiffer
eBook ISBN: 9781483294292
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 1983
Page Count: 359
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Table of Contents


Contents of Previous Volumes

1 The Antiquity of Man and the Development of American Archaeology


The Prologue to Early Man: 1860-1890

The Great Paleolithic Controversy: 1889-1900

Early Man in America: What Have the Bones to Say?

The Folsom Finds

Archaeology's Flat Past and Some Conclusions


2 Investigating the Diffusion of Stylistic Innovations


The Field of Study

Historical Background of Contemporary Diffusion Research

A General Framework for Investigation of Stylistic Diffusion

Donors and Potential Adopters of Innovations

The Social Context of Stylistic Diffusion

Implications for Stylistic Diffusion Rates

Implications for the Spatial Structure of Stylistic Trait Distributions

Concluding Remarks


3 Breaking Down Cultural Complexity: Inequality and Heterogeneity


Stair Steps to Complexity: A Typological Approach to Cultural Evolution

Cultural Complexity as a Variable: The Hologeistic Method and Systems Theory

The Layer-Cake Model of Stratification

Breaking Down Cultural Complexity into Constituent Variables: Inequality and Heterogeneity

Cultural Complexity: The Interaction of Inequality and Heterogeneity

The Interaction of Heterogeneity and Inequality: The Pyramids of Egypt

The Integration of Societies: The Interaction of Heterogeneity and Inequality

Measuring Change in Cultural Complexity

Measuring Cultural Evolution: The Southwest



4 Subsistence and Complex Societies: The Case of the Maya



Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 6 is a collection of papers dealing with the study of man's ancestors in antiquity. One paper compares archaeology in Europe and in North America where turn-of-the-century archaeologists, both professionals and amateurs, have contributed to the development of the science. Their contribution has led to an institutional sense of delineating professionals and amateurs in archaeological science and, more substantially, in matters of defining stone tools, cultural occupations, and cultural change. Another paper discusses large-scale stylistic trait distribution in broad terms related to archaeology, sociology, and geography. A model of cultural evolution simplifies anthropological concept of cultural complexity into inequality and heterogeneity, which are measurable variables to test hypotheses of cultural evolution. One paper cites the case of the Maya as subsistence and complex societies to show the diversity of Maya agriculture and other subsistence subsystems. One paper notes that the concepts and theory which archaeologists are using tend to be more sophisticated than their ability to provide samples of observations for testing. The collection is suitable for professional or amateur archaeologists, anthropologist, sociologists, and researchers interested in pre-historical times and cultures.


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About the Serial Editors

Michael Schiffer Serial Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.