(Artikelnr: 9781107026469)

Lithic Technological Systems and evolutionary Theory

Goodale, N., W. Andrefsky (eds)

Hardcover. 298 pp. Illustrated in b/w. Cambridge University Press 2015.

Stone tool analysis relies on a strong background in analytical and methodological techniques. However, lithic technological analysis has not been well integrated with a theoretically-informed approach to understanding how humans procured, made, and used stone tools. Evolutionary theory has great potential to fill this gap. This collection of essays brings together several different evolutionary perspectives to demonstrate how lithic technological systems are a byproduct of human behavior. The essays cover a range of topics, including human behavioral ecology, cultural transmission, phylogenetic analysis, risk management, macroevolution, dual inheritance theory, cladistics, central place foraging, costly signaling, selection, drift, and various applications of evolutionary ecology.

The first time lithic technological analysis has been blended with evolutionary theory in a series of related thematic papers
Will be of interest to scholars of archaeology, anthropology, behavioral ecology, and ancient history
Includes fifteen maps and nearly 100 line drawings to illustrate lithic technologies and relevant data
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