Behavioral Archaeology: Principles and Practice

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-21
  • Publisher: Routledge
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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 elucidated the nature of archaeological inference and demonstrated the importance of dealing with formation processes in every aspect of archaeological research, but it also furnishes a highly original approach for studying and explaining behavioral and technological change. The main message of the book is that behavioral archaeology, which privileges the study of people-artifact interactions at every scale, furnishes a coherent, mature, and still-developing program for conducting archaeological research in any society, past or present.

Author Biography

Michael Brian Schiffer is the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His interests include archaeological method and theory, behavioral change, technological change, ceramic technology, and the history of electrical and electronic technologies.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Behavioral Archaeology: Origins and the Four Strategiesp. 3
Conceptual Foundationsp. 9
Inference and Formation Processes
Archaeological Inferencep. 19
Cultural Formation Processesp. 31
Noncultural (Environmental) Formation Processesp. 42
Identifying Formation Processesp. 53
Building Chronologies: A Hohokam Case Studyp. 62
The Archaeological Processp. 71
Research on Technology: History and Overviewp. 83
Studying Technological Changep. 93
Ceramic Surface Treatments and Cooking Pot Performancep. 102
Folk Theories and Scientific Theories: The Case of the Early Electric Automobilep. 106
Long-Term Technological Competitionsp. 117
Technological Differentiationp. 128
Differential Adoption and the Electric Lighthousep. 135
The Cascade Model of Invention Processesp. 141
New Directions
The "New" Behavioral Archaeologyp. 153
Ritual and Religionp. 156
A Behavioral Theory of Meaningp. 164
The Materiality of Social Powerp. 175
Landscapesp. 186
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 216
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