Most histories of Americanist archaeology suggest that culture history first emerged as a recognizable paradigm in the second decade of the twentieth century (e.g., Strong 1952; Trigger 1989; Willey and Sabloff 1993). To understand why it appeared when it did and why it had the look it did at the time, we need to understand the intellectual climate from which the paradigm emerged. We have chosen to begin rather early in the history of Americanist archaeology and to review the status of each of the three dimensions—time, space, and form—that eventually united to create the focal point of culture history.
KeywordsArchaeological Record Culture History Culture Trait Depositional Unit Stone Artifact
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