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Intensification, Innovation, and Change

New perspectives and future directions
  • Tina L. Thurston
  • Christopher T. Fisher
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 3)

Abstract

The contributors to this volume have tackled fundamental archaeological issues that have long been taken for granted — subsistence intensification, innovation and change. As an underlying assumption in many ‘bread and butter’ problems in prehistory — domestication, social complexity, state formation — the theoretical importance of such processes cannot be understated. What the editors found striking, leading to the development of this volume, is how little attention these topics have actually received. Since the intense flurry of activity around Boserup’s initial publications many decades ago, only a handful of treatments, as noted in our introductory chapter, do more than superficially reiterate these now-questionable theories. Instead, these long-held but unsupported assumptions borrowed from other disciplines have served as paradigmatic ‘place holders’.

Keywords

Agricultural Intensification Agricultural Change Agricultural Strategy Andean Civilization Titicaca Basin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina L. Thurston
    • 1
  • Christopher T. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyState University of New York at BuffaloBuffalo
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyColo rado State UniversityFort Collins

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