The empirical case against the 'demographic turn' in Palaeolithic archaeology.

@article{Collard2016TheEC,
  title={The empirical case against the 'demographic turn' in Palaeolithic archaeology.},
  author={Mark Collard and Krist Vaesen and Richard Cosgrove and Wil Roebroeks},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={371 1698}
}
Recently, it has become commonplace to interpret major transitions and other patterns in the Palaeolithic archaeological record in terms of population size. Increases in cultural complexity are claimed to result from increases in population size; decreases in cultural complexity are suggested to be due to decreases in population size; and periods of no change are attributed to low numbers or frequent extirpation. In this paper, we argue that this approach is not defensible. We show that the… CONTINUE READING

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