Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory

Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory

Volume 11

1st Edition - January 1, 1987

Write a review

  • Editor: Michael B Schiffer
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214856

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 11 is a collection of papers that discusses world systems theory, modeling interregional interaction in prehistory, and the archaeological analysis of ceramics. Some papers review dating and weathering of inorganic materials, strategies for paleo-environmental reconstruction, as well as deposits and depositional events. One paper reviews the Old World state formation that occurred in West Asia during the fourth and third millennia B.C. Another paper examines the role of interactions among societies in the process of local social change, and the need for archaeologists to develop a framework in which to analyze intersocietal interaction processes. The presence of items such as ceramics is associated directly to factors of availability, functions, economic values, or ethnic affiliation. As an example, one paper cites the use and misuse of English and American ceramics in archaeological analysis in identifying cultural patterns and human behavior. Another paper notes that each biological or mechanical agent of transport and deposition has its own respective attributes on a deposit where the attributes of sedimentary particles on the deposit can be defined. From such definitions, the archaeologists can make observations and inferences. Sociologists, anthropologist, ethnographers, museum curators, professional or amateur archaeologists, and academicians studying historical antiquities will find the collection very useful.

Table of Contents

  • 1 The Use and Abuse of World Systems Theory: The Case of the Pristine West Asian State


    World Systems Analysis and Prehistory: Its Potential Value

    The Ancient Political Economy and the Scale of Its Activities

    West Asian Bronze Age World Systems: The Problems of Multiple Cores and Transferable Technologies

    Total History and Cultural Evolution: In Search of a Synthesis


    2 Modeling Interregional Interaction in Prehistory




    World Systems Theory

    An Alternative Intersocietal Interaction Framework


    3 The Use and Misuse of Nineteenth-Century English and American Ceramics in Archaeological Analysis


    The Categorization of Historical Ceramics

    Chronological Placement of Ceramic Types or Site Assemblages

    Beyond Categorization and Dating

    Concluding Remarks


    4 Weathering of Inorganic Materials: Dating and Other Applications


    Kinetics, Mechanisms, and Thermodynamics of Weathering

    Analytical Techniques for Surface Analysis of Ceramics




    5 Strategies for Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction in Archaeology


    Reconstructing Landforms

    Reconstructing Vegetation

    Reconstructing Fauna

    Reconstructing Water and Ice

    Reconstructing Climate



    6 Deposits for Archaeologists


    The Deposit

    Comparison of Geological and Archaeological Concepts of Deposit

    Archaeological Concept of Deposit

    Attributes of Sediments




Product details

  • No. of pages: 420
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1987
  • Published: January 1, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214856

About the Editor

Michael B Schiffer

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory"