Evolutionary and Interpretive Archaeologies
Theoretical frameworks in archaeological interpretations
Andrew Gardner and Ethan Cochrane organised an Institute Research Seminar series in 2007 which was entitled ‘Discussing Evolutionary and Interpretive Archaeologies’.
This series, based
upon a dialogic format with two speakers presenting at each thematic seminar,
has now been edited into a book, published recently (2011) by Left Coast Press.
‘This collection of original articles compares
various key archaeological topics—agency, violence, social groups,
diffusion—from evolutionary and interpretive perspectives. These two strands
represent the major current theoretical poles in the discipline. By comparing
and contrasting the insights they provide into major archaeological themes,
this volume demonstrates the importance of theoretical frameworks in
archaeological interpretations. Chapter authors discuss relevant Darwinian or interpretive
theory with short archaeological and anthropological case studies to illustrate
the substantive conclusions produced.
The book will advance debate and contribute to a better understanding of the goals and research strategies that comprise these distinct research traditions’.
- Cochrane, E.E. and Gardner, A. (eds.) 2011. Evolutionary and Interpretive Archaeologies: A Discussion. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
- UCL Institute of Archaeology