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Archaeological approaches to cultural identity
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ISBN: 0415095573 9780415095570 Year: 1994 Volume: 10 Publisher: London : Routledge,

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Quantifying archaeology
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ISBN: 0748607919 Year: 1997 Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh university press,

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Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution
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ISBN: 1282360906 9786612360909 0520943368 Year: 2009 Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press,

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This volume offers an integrative approach to the application of evolutionary theory in studies of cultural transmission and social evolution and reveals the enormous range of ways in which Darwinian ideas can lead to productive empirical research, the touchstone of any worthwhile theoretical perspective. While many recent works on cultural evolution adopt a specific theoretical framework, such as dual inheritance theory or human behavioral ecology, Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution emphasizes empirical analysis and includes authors who employ a range of backgrounds and methods to address aspects of culture from an evolutionary perspective. Editor Stephen Shennan has assembled archaeologists, evolutionary theorists, and ethnographers, whose essays cover a broad range of time periods, localities, cultural groups, and artifacts.


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Archaeological approaches to cultural identity
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ISBN: 1134866283 1280442689 9786610442683 0203111141 1134866291 Year: 1994 Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge,

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Examines the critical implications of cultural identity from a variety of perspectives. Questions the nature and limits of archaeological knowledge of the past and the relationship of material culture to cultural identity.


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The archaeology of human ancestry : power, sex, and tradition
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ISBN: 1134814496 128016848X 9786610168484 0203974131 Year: 1996 Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge,

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Human social life is constrained and defined by our cognitive and emotional dispositions, which are the legacy of our foraging ancestors. But how difficult is it to reconstruct the social systems and cultural traditions of those ancestors? The Archaeology of Human Ancestry provides a stimulating and provocative answer, in which archaeologists and biological anthropologists set out and demonstrate their reconstructive methods. Contributors use observations of primates and modern hunter-gatherers to illuminate the fossil and artefactual records. Thematic treatment covers the evoluti


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Connecting Networks : characterising contact by measuring lithic exchange in the European Neolithic
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ISBN: 9781784911423 Year: 2015 Publisher: Oxford : Archaeopress,

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Quantifying archaeology
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ISBN: 0852244606 0852244738 Year: 1988 Publisher: Edinburgh Edinburgh university press,


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Archaeological approaches to cultural identity
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ISBN: 0044450168 Year: 1989 Publisher: London Unwin Hyman

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The first farmers of Europe : an evolutionary perspective
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ISBN: 9781108422925 1108422926 9781108435215 1108435211 Year: 2018 Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press

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Knowledge of the origin and spread of farming has been revolutionised in recent years by the application of new scientific techniques, especially the analysis of ancient DNA from human genomes. In this book, Stephen Shennan presents the latest research on the spread of farming by archaeologists, geneticists and other archaeological scientists. He shows that it resulted from a population expansion from present-day Turkey. Using ideas from the disciplines of human behavioural ecology and cultural evolution, he explains how this process took place. The expansion was not the result of 'population pressure' but of the opportunities for increased fertility by colonising new regions that farming offered. The knowledge and resources for the farming 'niche' were passed on from parents to their children. However, Shennan demonstrates that the demographic patterns associated with the spread of farming resulted in population booms and busts, not continuous expansion.

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