University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Hawaii, Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

From the reviews . . .

“The book is well written, sufficiently illustrated with multiple tables, and the flow of the argument is clear. . . . “Questions and Answers” . . . [at the end of each chapter] . . . are helpful—for an instructor they provide some good ideas for essay and practical projects, and they highlight some topics for additional thought. . . . [A] strong book that makes an important contribution to regional survey methodology.”
James Conolly in American Anthropologist

“[A] marvelous book. . . .It is a high-impact contribution for any archaeologist concerned with understanding human behavior at settlement and larger scales . . . [and] essential reading for anyone contemplating archaeological survey or making surface collections. While the writing is entirely accessible to graduate or advanced undergraduate students, . . . experienced archaeologists will profit substantially from reading it cover to cover.”
Keith W. Kintigh in Latin American Antiquity

“This compact, straightforward treatment of settlement demography is very welcome. Drennan et al.’s approach . . . always keeps a critical eye on the data. The use of ongoing examples throughout the book is excellent. . . . [A]n extremely useful volume that . . . will become a future staple for advanced undergraduate courses in archaeological methods, settlement archaeology, and ancient population studies.”
Richard R. Paine in Journal of Anthropological Research

“[A] significant contribution . . . that . . . puts together, in one place and in an explicit manner for the first time, the various methodologies that have been employed by different regional survey projects to generate population estimates. . . . [T]he volume offers a roadmap on what elements are needed to generate well-grounded population estimates that can inform regional demographic research questions now and in the future.”
Verónica Pérez Rodriguez in American Antiquity

“This book broadly introduces settlement demography, with selected examples from around the world of how it can be applied. [A] “must read” for all archaeologists . . . . [I]t is a wonderful introduction to the world of demography, and it should be highly considered by those working in archaeology, particularly those that focus on group interactions and settlement distributions on a regional scale.”
Anna Tremblay in Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology

“[E]ssentially a short textbook/manual . . . on how to reconstruct regional population from archaeological settlement data. . . . [A] well-written, organized, and useful textbook, outlining the methods for reconstructing and interpreting regional population from archaeological settlement patterns. [T]he book . . . provide[s] the most recent set of methods for inferring regional population from scatters of artifacts across the landscape. It is worth a read.”
Gary Warrick in Canadian Journal of Archaeology

“[T]he second in Eliot Werner’s ‘Principles of Archaeology’ series of short primers authored by high-profile scholars. The brisk text, intended as an introduction and guide to best practice, replaces in-text citation with annotated suggested reading at the end of each short chapter, along with question-and-answer sections. . . . [F]ull of wisdom based on long experience.”
Robert Witcher in Antiquity

Prepublication praise . . .

“The state of the art on population in archaeology covering important questions, answers, techniques, and doubts. Excellent examples from forests, deserts, alluvial valleys, farmland, grasslands, and many cultural contexts. Especially helpful annotated bibliographies. Essential for designing or interpreting archaeological research on demographic change.”
Stephen A. Kowalewski, University of Georgia

“Written in a colloquial style reminiscent of Flannery’s Early Mesoamerican Village, this book will become a required text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropological archaeology. It will also be a great refresher for seasoned professionals who work with regional datasets but have not recently taught a course on regional demography.”
William A. Parkinson, Field Museum of Natural History

“Although many scholars dismiss reconstructions of paleodemography as imprecise, the authors review methodological best practices to illustrate how to obtain reasonably accurate estimates of population size. More important, they show that reconstructing paleodemography is central to understanding ancient societies and how and why they change. Must reading for students and professionals alike.”
Mark Varien, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center


Chapter 1. Regional Settlement Demography: Why Bother?

Chapter 2. What Can We Use as Population Proxies?

Chapter 3. What Can We Do with Population Proxies?

Chapter 4. How Can We Estimate Absolute Numbers of Inhabitants?

Chapter 5. How Can We Collect Regional Settlement Data for Demographic Analysis?

Chapter 6. Conclusion

Sources of Data for Examples

A volume in the series Principles of Archaeology

ISBN 978-0-9898249-4-1/paperback/190 pp./illus./September 2015/$32.95