Investigating Archaeological Cultures

Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission

  • Benjamin W. Roberts
  • Marc Vander Linden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Michael J. O’Brien
    Pages 61-75
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 387-393

About this book


Since the early 20th century, archaeologists across the world have defined archaeological cultures based on distinct similarities in burials, settlements, technology or objects in space and time. Archaeology has thus many accepted definitions of 'archaeological cultures' but these have all come into question. Yet, archaeological cultures remain the framework for global prehistory.


This volume brings together 17 international case-studies exploring archaeological cultures for regions around the globe and from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age and beyond. Taking lessons and overarching themes from these studies, the contributors draw important conclusions about cultural transmission, technological innovation, and cultural development.


The result is a comprehensive approach to 'archaeological cultures' addressing specific regions throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. This work will be valuable to all archaeologists and cultural anthropologists, particularly those studying material culture.


Bronze Age Cultural Heritage Metallurgy Paleolithic Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin W. Roberts
    • 1
  • Marc Vander Linden
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Prehistory & EuropeBritish MuseumLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., School of Archaeology and Ancient HistorLeicester UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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