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Interdisciplinary Evolution Research

Cultural Phylogenetics

Concepts and Applications in Archaeology

Editors: Mendoza Straffon, Larissa (Ed.)

  • Demonstrates how cultural phylogenetics models the evolution of material culture
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  • Explains key theoretical concepts of cultural evolution
  • Provides case studies on the evolution of archaeological traditions
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This book explores the potential and challenges of implementing evolutionary phylogenetic methods in archaeological research, by discussing key concepts and presenting concrete applications of these approaches.

The volume is divided into two parts: The first covers the theoretical and conceptual implications of using evolution-based models in the sociocultural domain, illustrates the sorts of questions that these methods can help answer, and invites the reader to reflect on the opportunities and limitations of these perspectives. The second part comprises case studies that address relevant empirical issues, such as inferring patterns and rates of cultural transmission, detecting selective pressures in cultural evolution, and explaining the nature of cultural variation.

This book will appeal to archaeologists interested in applying evolutionary thinking and inferential methods to their field, and to anyone interested in cultural evolution studies.

About the authors

Larissa Mendoza Straffon is an archaeologist and art scholar. She holds a PhD from the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, in The Netherlands. Her research focuses on the relationship between visual art and human evolution, and prehistoric art traditions. She is a specialist in the Archaic Great Mural rock art tradition of Baja California, Mexico, the development of art in the European Paleolithic, and World Art History. Her fieldwork experience includes important archaeological sites such as the cave of Hohle Fels, in Germany, and the UNESCO-listed Mexican sites of Teotihuacán and Sierra de San Francisco. Mendoza Straffon is an active member of the Mexican Rock Art Association and the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History. She has held appointments at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, in Mexico; the Art History Department of Leiden University, in The Netherlands; Leiden University College The Hague; and the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab at the Centre for Philosophy of Science, in the University of Lisbon, Portugal. 

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“Cultural Phylogenetics: Concepts and Applications in Archaeology … assembles seven articles dealing both theoretically and practically with the prospects and challenges of phylogenetic methods in archaeology. … I consider the book to be an interesting contribution, worth being read by everyone who is interested in quantitative methods applied to historical sciences.” (Johann-Mattis List, Systematic Biology, September, 2016)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Applications and Challenges of Cultural Phylogenetics in Archaeology: An Introduction

    Straffon, Larissa Mendoza

    Pages 1-15

  • Development and Degeneration: Classification and Evolution of Human Populations and Languages in the History of Anthropology

    Kressing, Frank (et al.)

    Pages 19-41

  • Darwinian Archaeology and Cultural Phylogenetics

    Rivero, Daniel García

    Pages 43-72

  • The Importance of a “Quantitative Genetic” Approach to the Evolution of Artifact Morphological Traits

    Lycett, Stephen J.

    Pages 73-93

  • Resisting Innovation? Learning, Cultural Evolution and the Potter’s Wheel in the Mediterranean Bronze Age

    Knappett, Carl

    Pages 97-111

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Phylogenetics
Book Subtitle
Concepts and Applications in Archaeology
Editors
  • Larissa Mendoza Straffon
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Evolution Research
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25928-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25928-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-25926-0
Series ISSN
2199-3068
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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