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Title Advances in archaeological method and theory. Volume 6 / edited by Michael B. Schiffer
Published Burlington : Elsevier Science : Academic Press, [2014]
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Contents Front Cover; Advance in Archaeological Method and Theory; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Contributors; Contents of Previous Volumes; Chapter 1. The Antiquity of Man and the Development of American Archaeology; Introduction; The Prologue to Early Man: 1860-1890; The Great Paleolithic Controversy: 1889-1900; Early Man in America: What Have the Bones to Say?; The Folsom Finds; Archaeology's Flat Past and Some Conclusions; References; Chapter 2. Investigating the Diffusion of Stylistic Innovations; Introduction; The Field of Study; Historical Background of Contemporary Diffusion Research
A General Framework for Investigation of Stylistic DiffusionDonors and Potential Adopters of Innovations; The Social Context of Stylistic Diffusion; Implications for Stylistic Diffusion Rates; Implications for the Spatial Structure of Stylistic Trait Distributions; Concluding Remarks; References; Chapter 3. Breaking Down Cultural Complexity: Inequality and Heterogeneity; Introduction; Stair Steps to Complexity: A Typological Approach to Cultural Evolution; Cultural Complexity as a Variable: The Hologeistic Method and Systems Theory; The Layer-Cake Model of Stratification
Breaking Down Cultural Complexity into Constituent Variables: Inequality and HeterogeneityCultural Complexity: The Interaction of Inequality and Heterogeneity; The Interaction of Heterogeneity and Inequality: The Pyramids of Egypt; The Integration of Societies: The Interaction of Heterogeneity and Inequality; Measuring Change in Cultural Complexity; Measuring Cultural Evolution: The Southwest; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4. Subsistence and Complex Societies: The Case of the Maya; Introduction; Modeling Lowland Maya Agriculture; Testing Ground of the Dialectic: The Subsistence Evidence
Phytolith Studies in Prehistoric AgriculturePhytolith Studies of Diet; Phytoliths and Prehistoric Plant Use; Phytolith Study of Tool Function; Phytoliths and Dating Methods; Phytolith Analysis and Archaeology: A Prospectus; References; Chapter 7. The Siteless Survey: A Regional Scale Data Collection Strategy; Introduction; Excavation and Surface Survey; The Concept of Site; A Regional Data Acquisition Strategy; Summary; Postscript; References; Chapter 8. Regional Sampling in Archaeological Survey: The Statistical Perspective; Introduction; Operational Models in Archaeological Survey
Testing of the DialecticThe State of the Lowland School; Note on New Publications; References; Chapter 5. The Role of Palynology in Archaeology; Introduction; Data Base; Data Analysis; Pollen Analysis: The Archaeological Perspective; Summary; References; Chapter 6. Plant Opal Phytolith Analysis: Major Advances in Archaeobotanical Research; Introduction; Phytolith Production in Plants; Taxonomy of Phytoliths; Taphonomy of Phytoliths; Phytolith Extraction from Plants; Phytolith Extraction from Soil; Phytoliths as Paleoclimatic Indices; Phytoliths and the Paleoecology of Archaeological Sites
Summary Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory
Notes Fundamental Concepts
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Subject Archaeology -- Methodology.
Archaeology -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Schiffer, Michael B.
ISBN 1483294293 (electronic bk.)
9781483294292 (electronic bk.)