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Cultural Phylogenetics

Concepts and Applications in Archaeology

  • Larissa Mendoza Straffon

Part of the Interdisciplinary Evolution Research book series (IDER, volume 4)

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About this book

Introduction

This book explores the potential and challenges of implementing evolutionary phylogenetic methods in archaeological research, by discussing key concepts and presenting concrete applications of these approaches.

The volume is divided into two parts: The first covers the theoretical and conceptual implications of using evolution-based models in the sociocultural domain, illustrates the sorts of questions that these methods can help answer, and invites the reader to reflect on the opportunities and limitations of these perspectives. The second part comprises case studies that address relevant empirical issues, such as inferring patterns and rates of cultural transmission, detecting selective pressures in cultural evolution, and explaining the nature of cultural variation.

This book will appeal to archaeologists interested in applying evolutionary thinking and inferential methods to their field, and to anyone interested in cultural evolution studies.

Keywords

Cultural evolution Cultural transmission Phylogenetic models Cultural phylogenetics Archaeology Archaeological methods Material culture evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Larissa Mendoza Straffon
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Arts in SocietyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25928-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25926-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25928-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-3068
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-3076
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