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


Contributors


Contents of Previous Volumes


1 The Antiquity of Man and the Development of American Archaeology


Introduction


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


References


2 Investigating the Diffusion of Stylistic Innovations


Introduction


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


References


3 Breaking Down Cultural Complexity: Inequality and Heterogeneity


Introduction


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


Conclusion


References


4 Subsistence and Complex Societies: The Case of the Maya


Introduction



Description

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.


Details

No. of pages:
359
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1983
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483294292

Ratings and Reviews


About the Serial Editors

Michael Schiffer Serial Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

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