Investigating Archaeological Cultures

Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission

Editors: Roberts, Benjamin W., Vander Linden, Marc (Eds.)

  • International collection of contributors
  • Comprehensive guide to studying cultural transmission
  • Detailed case studies apply the theories
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Since the early 20th century, archaeologists across the world have defined archaeological cultures based on distinct similarities in burials, settlements, technology or objects in space and time. Archaeology has thus many accepted definitions of 'archaeological cultures' but these have all come into question. Yet, archaeological cultures remain the framework for global prehistory.

 

This volume brings together 17 international case-studies exploring archaeological cultures for regions around the globe and from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age and beyond. Taking lessons and overarching themes from these studies, the contributors draw important conclusions about cultural transmission, technological innovation, and cultural development.

 

The result is a comprehensive approach to 'archaeological cultures' addressing specific regions throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. This work will be valuable to all archaeologists and cultural anthropologists, particularly those studying material culture.

Reviews

"This excellent volume.... more than archives its stated aim of 're-igniting the debate concerning the analysis of archaeological cultures'.... this thought-provoking volume contains a broad range of interesting ideas and case studies" (Stephen Shennan, European Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 16, 2013)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Investigating Archaeological Cultures: Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission

    Roberts, Benjamin W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • A Tale of Two Countries: Contrasting Archaeological Culture History in British and French Archaeology

    Linden, Marc Vander (et al.)

    Pages 23-40

  • Thoughts in Circles: Kulturkreislehre as a Hidden Paradigm in Past and Present Archaeological Interpretations

    Rebay-Salisbury, Katharina C.

    Pages 41-59

  • Cultural Innovation from an Americanist Perspective

    O’Brien, Michael J.

    Pages 61-75

  • Culture in the Lower Palaeolithic: Technological Variability in Middle Pleistocene Europe

    Fluck, Hannah

    Pages 77-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investigating Archaeological Cultures
Book Subtitle
Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission
Editors
  • Benjamin W. Roberts
  • Marc Vander Linden
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6970-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6970-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6969-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0013-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 393
Number of Illustrations and Tables
49 b/w illustrations
Topics