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BEHAVIORAL ARCHEOLOGY


MICHAEL BRIAN SCHIFFER
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

With a New Prologue by the Author

From the Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition . . .

“Clearly many issues raised in Behavioral Archeology, as well as its principal ideas, retain considerable relevance for the practice of archaeology. Thus I present this reprinted edition of Behavioral Archeology, warts and all, in the hope that readers will enjoy engaging the ideas that played a pivotal role in establishing as fundamental the behavioral perspective in archaeology.”

From the reviews . . .

“[A]n important and original essay that tackles the nature and methods of archaeological inference in a fundamental way. [O]ne of the most noteworthy theoretical writings in archaeology in recent years, and, unlike most of the others, it is also delightfully readable.”
K. C. Chang in American Scientist

“[Schiffer’s] first grand treatise dealing with the interrelationships between laws, cultural and natural formation processes, and their applications for indirect observation of past cultural systems.”
Albert C. Goodyear in American Antiquity

“[O]ne of the most important treatments of archaeological methodology. Although it will undoubtedly be a controversial book, even those who do not accept the Schifferian approach will find some imaginative, well-formulated methods that can be used to obtain information about the past.”
Stephen Plog in American Anthropologist

A volume in the series Foundations of Archaeology

ISBN 978-0-9712427-1-5/paperback/254 pp./illus./January 2002/$36.50