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William Andrefsky, Jr, Nathan Goodale, R. Lee Lyman, Michael Shott, Todd L. VanPool, Michael J. O'Brien, Charlotte Beck, George T. Jones, Robert L. Bettinger, Christopher Morgan, Loukas Barton, Chris Clarkson, Michael Haslam, Clair Harris, Jennifer Ferris, Raven Garvey, Steven L. Kuhn, D. Shane Miller, Colin P. Quinn, Carl P. Lipo, Terry L. Hunt, Brooke Hundtoft, Curtis Osterhoudt, Lara Cueni, Ian Kuijt, Nathan E. Stevens, Anna M. Prentiss, Lucille E. Harris, Nicole Crossland
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107026469
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  • 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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    "Like a biface, this useful book about stone tool analysis has three sides, describing three evolutionary approaches to lithic assemblages: selectionist, human behavioral ecology and cultural transmission. Those lithic analysts interested in the application of evolutionary theory must read this book, and all the others should read it."
    Robert L. Kelly, University of Wyoming

    "The case studies in Lithic Technological Systems and Evolutionary Theory apply a diverse array of evolutionary theory and methods to lithic technology, making a strong case for the value of evolutionary approaches to lithics. This is a useful book for teaching the uses of evolutionary theory in archaeology."
    Kenneth M. Ames, Portland State University

    "Is it evolution yet? In lithic technology studies, the answer is yes. Lithic Technological Systems and Evolutionary Theory is a timely compendium of the latest developments in the application of evolutionary theory to lithic technology - incorporating and integrating both cultural transmission and behavioral ecology approaches to a full range of topics in the field of stone tool technology."
    James L. Boone, University of New Mexico

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    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107026469
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 97 b/w illus. 15 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Lithic Technological Systems and Evolutionary Theory:
    1. Interpreting lithic technology under the evolutionary tent William Andrefsky, Jr and Nathan Goodale
    Part II. Culture History and Phylogenetic Evolution:
    2. Graphing evolutionary pattern in stone tools to reveal evolutionary process R. Lee Lyman
    3. Theory in archaeology: morphometric approaches to the study of fluted points Michael Shott
    4. Innovation and natural selection in Paleoindian projectile points from the American Southwest Todd L. VanPool, Michael J. O'Brien and R. Lee Lyman
    Part III. Applications of Behavioral Ecology to Lithic Studies:
    5. A case of extinction in Paleoindian archaeology Charlotte Beck and George T. Jones
    6. The North China Nanolithic Robert L. Bettinger, Christopher Morgan and Loukas Barton
    7. When to retouch, haft, or discard? Modeling optimal use/maintenance schedules in lithic tool use Chris Clarkson, Michael Haslam and Clair Harris
    8. Procurement costs and tool performance requirements: determining constraints on lithic toolstone selection in Baja California Sur Jennifer Ferris
    9. A model of lithic raw material procurement Raven Garvey
    10. Artifacts as patches: the marginal value theorem and stone tool life histories Steven L. Kuhn and D. Shane Miller
    11. Signals in stone: exploring the role of social information exchange, conspicuous consumption, and costly signaling theory in lithic analysis Colin P. Quinn
    Part IV. Cultural Transmission and Morphology:
    12. An analysis of stylistic variability of stemmed obsidian tools (mata'a) on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Carl P. Lipo, Terry L. Hunt and Brooke Hundtoft
    13. Cultural transmission and the production of material goods: evolutionary pattern through measuring morphology Nathan Goodale, William Andrefsky, Jr, Curtis Osterhoudt, Lara Cueni and Ian Kuijt
    14. What Steward got right: technology, work organization, and cultural evolution Nathan E. Stevens
    15. Evolution of the slate tool industry at Bridge River, British Columbia Anna M. Prentiss, Nathan Goodale, Lucille E. Harris and Nicole Crossland.

  • Editors

    Nathan Goodale, Hamilton College, New York
    Nathan Goodale is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College. He is author of articles and book chapters dealing with lithic technology and evolutionary theory in several journals and edited volumes, including Evolution: Education and Outreach, American Antiquity, the Journal of Archaeological Science, Complex Hunter-Gatherers (2004), and Lithic Technology (Cambridge, 2008).

    William Andrefsky, Jr, Washington State University
    William Andrefsky, Jr, is Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University. He is author of several books dealing with stone analysis, including Lithics (Cambridge, 1998 and 2004), Lithic Debitage (2001), and Lithic Technology (Cambridge, 2008).

    Contributors

    William Andrefsky, Jr, Nathan Goodale, R. Lee Lyman, Michael Shott, Todd L. VanPool, Michael J. O'Brien, Charlotte Beck, George T. Jones, Robert L. Bettinger, Christopher Morgan, Loukas Barton, Chris Clarkson, Michael Haslam, Clair Harris, Jennifer Ferris, Raven Garvey, Steven L. Kuhn, D. Shane Miller, Colin P. Quinn, Carl P. Lipo, Terry L. Hunt, Brooke Hundtoft, Curtis Osterhoudt, Lara Cueni, Ian Kuijt, Nathan E. Stevens, Anna M. Prentiss, Lucille E. Harris, Nicole Crossland

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