Fundamental Issues in Archaeology

Beyond Foraging and Collecting

Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems

Editors: Fitzhugh, Ben, Habu, Junko (Eds.)

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LEWIS R. BINFORD AND AMBER L. JOHNSON The organizers of this volume have brought together authors who have worked on local sequences, much as traditional archaeologists tended to do, however, with the modern goal of addressing evolutionary change in hunter-gatherer systems over long time spans. Given this ambitious goal they wisely chose to ask the authors to build their treatments around a focal question, the utility of the forager-eollector continuum (Binford 1980) for research on archaeological sequences. Needless to say, Binford was flat­ tered by their choice and understandably read the papers with a great deal of interest. When he was asked to write the foreword to this provoca­ tive book he expected to learn new things and in this he has not been disappointed. The common organizing questions addressed among the contributors to this volume are simply, how useful is the forager-eollector continuum for explanatory research on sequences, and what else might we need to know to explain evolutionary change in hunter-gatherer adaptations? Most sequences document systems change, in some sense. Though we don't necessarily know how much synchronous systemic variability there might have been relative to the documented sequence, most authors have tried to address the problem of within systems variability. In this sense, most are operating with sophistication not seen among traditional culture historians. The primary problem for archaeologists of the generation prior to Binford was how to date archaeological materials.

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"[...]important work that will be widely read by professionals and students alike. [...] The editors should be congratulated for pulling together this excellent review of the state of the art in hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence research in archaeology."
(SAS Bulletin, 26:2, 2003)

"Binford's work stopped short of examining evolutionary change in mobility and subsistence regimes over long time spans. Ben Fitzhugh and Junko Habu's edited volume, Beyond Foraging and Collecting, provides this critical next step.  Foragers and Collectors is an important work that will be widely read for professionals and students alike despite its high price tag.  The editors should be congratulated for pulling together this excellent review of the state of the art in hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence research in archaeology." (Society of Archaeological Sciences Bulletin; 26:2)

 


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Beyond Foraging and Collecting: Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems

    Habu, Junko (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Going by Boat

    Ames, Kenneth M.

    Pages 19-52

  • Jomon Collectors and Foragers

    Habu, Junko

    Pages 53-72

  • Logistical Organization, Social Complexity, and the Collapse of Prehistoric Thule Whaling Societies in the Central Canadian Arctic Archipelago

    Savelle, James M.

    Pages 73-90

  • Natufian

    Bar-Yosef, Ofer

    Pages 91-149

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Foraging and Collecting
Book Subtitle
Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems
Editors
  • Ben Fitzhugh
  • Junko Habu
Series Title
Fundamental Issues in Archaeology
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0543-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0543-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46753-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5124-5
Series ISSN
1567-8040
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 442
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