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The Importance Of Small Decisions
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|March 12, 2019

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How people make decisions in an era of too much information and fake news. Humans originally evolved in a world of few choices. Prehistoric, preindustrial, and predigital eras required fewer decisions than today's all-access, always-on world of too much…
Convergent Evolution in Stone-Tool Technology
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|April 20, 2018

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Scholars from a variety of disciplines consider cases of convergence in lithic technology, when functional or developmental constraints result in similar forms in independent lineages. Hominins began using stone tools at least 2.6 million years ago, perhaps even…
Changing Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley
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|April 30, 2011

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Fourteen experts examine the current state of Central Valley prehistoric research and provide an important touchstone for future archaeological study of the region. The Mississippi Valley region has long played a critical role in the development of American…
The Importance of Small Decisions
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|February 22, 2019

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How people make decisions in an era of too much information and fake news. Humans originally evolved in a world of few choices. Prehistoric, preindustrial, and predigital eras required fewer decisions than today's all-access, always-on world of too much…
The Acceleration Of Cultural Change: From Ancestors To Algorithms

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How culture evolves through algorithms rather than knowledge inherited from ancestors. From our hunter-gatherer days, we humans evolved to be excellent throwers, chewers, and long-distance runners. We are highly social, crave Paleolithic snacks, and display some…
I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior: Mapping Social Behavior

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How we learn from those around us: an essential guide to understanding how people behave.
Archaeology as a Process: Processualism and Its Progeny

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The publication in 1962 of Lew Binford’s paper "Archaeology as Anthropology" is generally considered to mark the birth of processualism—a critical turning point in American archaeology. In the hands of Binford and other young University of…
Mapping Our Ancestors: Phylogenetic Approaches In Anthropology And Prehistory
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|July 2, 2005

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Much of what we are comes from our ancestors. Through cultural and biological inheritance mechanisms, our genetic composition, instructions for constructing artifacts, the structure and content of languages, and rules for behavior are passed from parents to…
Seriation, Stratigraphy, And Index Fossils: The Backbone Of Archaeological Dating

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It is difficult for today's students of archaeology to imagine an era when chronometric dating methods were unavailable. However, even a casual perusal of the large body of literature that arose during the first half of the twentieth century reveals a battery of…
Evolutionary Archaeology - Paper
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|November 19, 1996

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The application of Darwinian theory to archaeological phenomena has always been a difficult concept. In its most modern form, this approach has only gained currency since the 1980s. Perhaps the greatest hurdle to incorporating scientific evolutionism into…
W. C. Mckern And The Midwestern Taxonomic Method

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This book explains the deep influence of biological methods and theories on the practice of Americanist archaeology by exploring W. C. McKern's use of Linnaean taxonomy as the model for development of a pottery classification system. By the early 20th century,…
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