Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 278–283 | Cite as

The Contribution of Behavioral Archaeology and the Research of Michael B. Schiffer to the Discipline



I evaluate the impact of Behavioral Archaeology within the discipline, focusing particularly on the contributions of Mike Schiffer who originally proposed the approach and has continued to be the primary advocate. I suggest that Behavioral Archaeology has made several key contributions over the last four decades. However, to answer most of the broad range of questions of interest to the discipline, a variety of complementary methodological and theoretical approaches must be employed.


Behavioral Archaeology Michael B. Schiffer History of archaeology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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