Evolutionary and Interpretive Archaeologies: A Dialogue

1st Edition

Ethan Cochrane, Andrew Gardner

Routledge
Published June 1, 2011
Reference - 361 Pages
ISBN 9781598744279 - CAT# Y288388
Series: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications

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Summary

This collection of original articles compares various key archaeological topics—agency, violence, social groups, diffusion—from evolutionary and interpretive perspectives. These two strands represent the major current theoretical poles in the discipline. By comparing and contrasting the insights they provide into major archaeological themes, this volume demonstrates the importance of theoretical frameworks in archaeological interpretations. Chapter authors discuss relevant Darwinian or interpretive theory with short archaeological and anthropological case studies to illustrate the substantive conclusions produced. The book will advance debate and contribute to a better understanding of the goals and research strategies that comprise these distinct research traditions.

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