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Behavioral Archaeology Principles and Practice

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ISBN-10: 1845532880

ISBN-13: 9781845532888

Edition: 2011

Authors: Michael B. Schiffer, James M. Skibo, William H. Walker, Michael Brian Schiffer

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This book is a synthesis of the fundamental method and theory of behavioral archaeology, organized in terms of the temporal order in which general topics have been addressed. The development of key ideas is recounted in relation to the historical contexts in which they emerged. Among the major topics addressed are philosophy of science and the scientific method, artifacts and human behavior, archaeological inference, formation processes of the archaeological record, technological change, behavioral change, and human communication. Case studies make clear the relevance of behavioral method and theory for the everyday practice of archaeology. Not only has behavioral archaeology successfully…    
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Michael Brian Schiffer is Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and Research Associate at the Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of six previous books on technology.

Preface
Introduction
Behavioral Archaeology: Origins and the Four Strategies
Conceptual Foundations
Inference and Formation Processes
Archaeological Inference
Cultural Formation Processes
Noncultural (Environmental) Formation Processes
Identifying Formation Processes
Building Chronologies: A Hohokam Case Study
The Archaeological Process
Technology
Research on Technology: History and Overview
Studying Technological Change
Ceramic Surface Treatments and Cooking Pot Performance
Folk Theories and Scientific Theories: The Case of the Early Electric Automobile
Long-Term Technological Competitions
Technological Differentiation
Differential Adoption and the Electric Lighthouse
The Cascade Model of Invention Processes
New Directions
The "New" Behavioral Archaeology
Ritual and Religion
A Behavioral Theory of Meaning
The Materiality of Social Power
Landscapes
Bibliography
Index