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Late Pleistocene Demography and the Appearance of Modern Human Behavior
War and Peace? Modern behavior, including the development of advanced tools, musical instruments, and art, seems to have arisen in humans in stages. The earliest hints are seen in Africa about 70 toExpand
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Population, Culture History, and the Dynamics of Culture Change1
  • S. Shennan
  • History
  • Current Anthropology
  • 1 December 2000
If archaeology is to succeed in explaining culture change, it must view the archaeological record from the perspective of cultural “descent with modification,” in so doing returning to many of theExpand
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Archaeobotanical Evidence for the Spread of Farming in the Eastern Mediterranean1
A major topic of debate in Old World prehistory is the relative importance of population movement versus cultural diffusion in explaining the spread of agriculture into and across Europe followingExpand
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Genes, Memes, and Human History: Darwinian Archaeology and Cultural Evolution
Preface * 1. Introduction: Why Darwinian archaeology? * 2. Behavioural ecology: the evolutionary study of behaviour * 3. Culture as an evolutionary system * 4. The evolutionary archaeology ofExpand
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Cultural transmission, language, and basketry traditions amongst the California Indians
Abstract Much recent debate has focussed on the relative significance of phylogenetic (branching) versus ethnogenetic (culture contact induced) processes of cultural transformation. In this paper weExpand
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Ceramic Style Change and Neutral Evolution: A Case Study from Neolithic Europe
Following on the work of Dunnell, the evolutionary archaeology school has made a sharp distinction between functional and stylistic variation in archaeological artifacts. Variation is defined asExpand
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Branching, blending, and the evolution of cultural similarities and differences among human populations
It has been claimed that blending processes such as trade and exchange have always been more important in the evolution of cultural similarities and differences among human populations than theExpand
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The impact of the Neolithic agricultural transition in Britain: a comparison of pollen-based land-cover and archaeological 14C date-inferred population change
Abstract Britain's landscapes were substantially transformed as a result of prehistoric agricultural clearance and deforestation. This process began in the Neolithic and is recorded in multipleExpand
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Prehistoric population history: from the Late Glacial to the Late Neolithic in Central and Northern Europe
Summed probability distributions of radiocarbon dates are used to make inferences about the history of population fluctuations from the Mesolithic to the late Neolithic for three countries in centralExpand
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