Archaeology as Anthropology

  title={Archaeology as Anthropology},
  author={Lewis Roberts Binford},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={217 - 225}
  • L. Binford
  • Published 1 October 1962
  • Sociology
  • American Antiquity
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