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Macroevolution in Human Prehistory

Evolutionary Theory and Processual Archaeology

Editors: Prentiss, Anna, Kuijt, Ian, Chatters, James C. (Eds.)

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  • Presents an integrated, comprehensive theory of cultural evolution in archaeology
  • Covers a range of time periods and geographic regions
  • Offers new explanations and perspectives on major cultural development throughout the world
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Cultural evolution, much like general evolution, works from the assumption that cultures are descendent from much earlier ancestors. Human culture manifests itself in forms ranging from the small bands of hunters, through intermediate scale complex hunter-gatherers and farmers, to the high density urban settlements and complex polities that characterize much of today’s world.

The chapters in the volume examine the dynamic interaction between the micro- and macro-scales of cultural evolution, developing a theoretical approach to the archaeological record that has been termed evolutionary processual archaeology. The contributions in this volume integrate positive elements of both evolutionary and processualist schools of thought. The approach, as explicated by the contributors in this work, offers novel insights into topics that include the emergence, stasis, collapse and extinction of cultural patterns, and development of social inequalities. Consequently, these contributions form a stepping off point for a significant new range of cultural evolutionary studies.

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“This comprehensive volume on macroevolutionary theory is a recent attempt to revitalize evolutionism in archaeology. … The study of … memes facilitates the observation of cultural evolution. … this book is a significant and impressive contribution to evolutionary studies of cultural change, it propagates rhetoric inherent in this rigid perspective on dynamic variables like human behavior and the environment.” (Heather Kendall, The Midden, Vol. 43 (2), 2011)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    Prentiss, Anna Marie (et al.)

  • Proximate Causation, Group Selection, and the Evolution of Hierarchical Human Societies: System, Process, and Pattern

    Pages 23-49

    Rosenberg, Michael

  • Landscape Learning in Relation to Evolutionary Theory

    Pages 51-71

    Rockman, Marcy

  • “The Multiplication of Forms:” Bering Strait Harpoon Heads as a Demic and Macroevolutionary Proxy

    Pages 73-107

    Mason, Owen K.

  • The Emergence of New Socioeconomic Strategies in the Middle and Late Holocene Pacific Northwest Region of North America

    Pages 111-131

    Prentiss, Anna Marie

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-8385-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Macroevolution in Human Prehistory
Book Subtitle
Evolutionary Theory and Processual Archaeology
Editors
  • Anna Prentiss
  • Ian Kuijt
  • James C. Chatters
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0682-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0682-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0681-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8385-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 324
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