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Living Archaeology

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'Living archaeology,' says Richard Gould, 'is ethnoarchaeology in the active voice'. Using as case studies his own observations of Australian Aborigines, and those of others, the author presents a unified theory of ethnoarchaeology. He demonstrates a reliable way to infer adaptive behavior in prehistoric communities by studying adaptive behavior in a contemporary society and noting the evidence of this behavior in material discards. Gould examines and dismisses the argument by analogy, long accepted as fundamental in earlier archaeological studies of this kind, and, as an alternative, he proposes the argument by anomaly. The book starts by recording a day in the life of a traditional Australian Desert Aborigine camp. the author identifies many social, verbal, and ideational interactions that would be difficult, if not impossible, to infer directly from the typical 'archaeological' remains of this non-material behavior. The book examines differences between actual as opposed to anticipated human behavior and suggests that understanding the reasons for these contrasts is what characterizes ethnoarchaeology at its best.

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Using as case studies his own observations of Australian Aborigines, and those of others, the author presents a unified theory of ethnoarchaeology.

Synopsis:

'Living archaeology,' says Richard Gould, 'is ethnoarchaeology in the active voice'.Using as case studies his own observations of Australian Aborigines, and those of others, the author presents a unified theory of ethnoarchaeology. He demonstrates a reliable way to infer adaptive behavior in prehistoric communities by studying adaptive behavior in a contemporary society and noting the evidence of this behavior in material discards.

Table of Contents

Introduction: archaeology and the totality of human behavior; 1. Tikatika; 2. Beyond analogy; 3. Behavior and adaptation; 4. Other adaptive models in Aboriginal Australia; 5. The anthropology of human residues; 6. The materialist approach in living archaeology; 7. The importance of being different; 8. Explaining the differences; 9. Antipodean anomalies; 10. Surprise package; Notes;Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521299596
Author:
Gould
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Renfrew, Colin
Author:
Gould, R. a.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Studies in Archaeology
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.65 in. .94 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
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"Synopsis" by , Using as case studies his own observations of Australian Aborigines, and those of others, the author presents a unified theory of ethnoarchaeology.
"Synopsis" by , 'Living archaeology,' says Richard Gould, 'is ethnoarchaeology in the active voice'.Using as case studies his own observations of Australian Aborigines, and those of others, the author presents a unified theory of ethnoarchaeology. He demonstrates a reliable way to infer adaptive behavior in prehistoric communities by studying adaptive behavior in a contemporary society and noting the evidence of this behavior in material discards.
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