Archaeological Context and Systemic Context

  title={Archaeological Context and Systemic Context},
  author={Michael Brian Schiffer},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={156 - 165}
  • M. Schiffer
  • Published 1 April 1972
  • Sociology
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Abstract The cultural aspect of the processes responsible for forming the archaeological record is argued to be an underdeveloped branch of archaeological theory. A flow model is presented by which to view the "life history" or processes of systemic context of any material element. This model accounts for the production of a substantial portion of the archaeological record. The basic processes of this model are: procurement, manufacture, use, maintenance, and discard. Refuse labels the state of… 

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