9780202362373

Archeology in Cultural Systems

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  • ISBN13:

    9780202362373

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    020236237X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2008-08-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Archeology shares with other anthropological sciences the goal of explaining differences and similarities among cultural systems. Sally R. Binford and Lewis R. Binford, therefore are concerned with theory and arguments which treat problems of the interrelationship of cultural variables with explanatory value. Archeology in Cultural Systems is devoted to four different aspects of archeology.This book progresses from theoretical-methodological discussions to specific consideration of archeological materials. It focuses on the analysis of archeological remains from a single site. Its concern is primarily with recognizing, measuring and explaining variability in the form and distribution of a site’s cultural remains. The authors argue that internal variability derives from the composition and distribution of societal segments represented at the site. The work then shifts to study of archeological components (or their attributes) and seeks explanations for observed differences and similarities. A final section of the volume comments and discusses materials in the volume.Archeology in Cultural Systems is not a monolithic presentation of any particular school of archeological thought. There are common interests and many points of agreement among the authors, but there is also diversity of opinion on several points. These points are the focus of research here.

Table of Contents

Archeological Theory and Methodp. 1
Archeological Perspectivesp. 5
Explanation in Archeologyp. 33
The Inference of Residence and Descent Rules from Archeological Datap. 41
Variability and Change in the Near Eastern Mousterian of Levallois Faciesp. 49
Method and Theory of Upper Paleolithic Archeology in Southwestern Francep. 61
Investigating Variability in the Archeological Record: A Single Occupation Unitp. 85
Some Aspects of Prehistoric Society in East-Central Arizonap. 89
Broken K Pueblo: Patterns of Form and Functionp. 103
Computer Analysis of Archeological Data from Teotihuacan, Mexicop. 143
Archeological Lessons from an Apache Wickiupp. 151
Establishing Cultural Heterogeneities in Settlement Patterns: An Ethnographic Examplep. 161
Investigating Variability in the Archeological Record: Variability Among Occupational Unitsp. 171
Value Systems and Trade Cycles of the Late Archaic in the Midwestp. 175
Investigations of Late Prehistoric Social Organization in New York Statep. 223
Evidence of Social Organization from Western Iran, 8000-4000 B.C.p. 245
Social and Economic Systems in Formative Mesoamericap. 267
Woodland Subsistence-Settlement Systems in the Lower Illinois Valleyp. 285
Post-Pleistocene Adaptationsp. 313
Discussion
Comments
Richard B. Leep. 343
Irven DeVorep. 346
Morton H. Friedp. 350
Edward P. Dozierp. 352
David F. Aberlep. 353
Marvin Harrisp. 359
Contributorsp. 363
Indexp. 365
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