Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology

  • Anna Marie Prentiss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Anna Marie Prentiss
    Pages 1-22
  3. Microevolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Matthew J. Walsh, Anna Marie Prentiss, Felix Riede
      Pages 25-47
    3. Matthew J. Walsh, Felix Riede, Sean O’Neill
      Pages 49-70
    4. Anne Kandler, Enrico R. Crema
      Pages 83-108
  4. Macroevolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Anna Marie Prentiss, Cheyenne L. Laue
      Pages 111-125
    3. Larissa Mendoza Straffon
      Pages 149-160
    4. Charles S. Spencer
      Pages 183-213
  5. Human Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Anna Marie Prentiss
      Pages 217-229
    3. Lisa Nagaoka
      Pages 231-253
    4. Colin P. Quinn
      Pages 275-294
    5. Nicole M. Herzog, Nathan Goodale
      Pages 295-309
    6. Cedric Puleston, Bruce Winterhalder
      Pages 311-335
  6. Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 437-443

About this book


Evolutionary Research in Archaeology seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary evolutionary research in archaeology. 

The book will provide a single source for introduction and overview of basic and advanced evolutionary concepts and research programs in archaeology.  Content will be organized around four areas of critical research including microevolutionary and macroevolutionary process, human ecology studies (evolutionary ecology, demography, and niche construction), and evolutionary cognitive archaeology. 


Given a focus on theory and application the book does not seek comprehensive coverage of the full range of empirical work as measured temporally and geographically.  Authors of individual chapters will address theoretical foundations, history of research, contemporary contributions and debates, and implications for the future for their respective topics.  As appropriate and within space limits authors could present or discuss short empirical case studies to illustrate key arguments.


Darwinian archaeology Cultural Transmission and Material Culture microevolutionary and macroevolutionary process contemporary evolutionary contributions and debates human cultural evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Marie Prentiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MontanaMissoulaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11116-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11117-5
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