Behavioral archaeology: first principles by Michael B. Schiffer

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How, I wondered, did archaeologists obtain the principles needed for new kinds of inference? " This paper also allowed me to address Trigger's polemical claim (1970) that the job of archaeologists was to answer historical questions, not repeat the work of other behavioral scientists by seeking general principles. In fact, I argued, archaeologists had to investigate, nomothetically, phenomena of distinct interest to the discipline that had not been studied previously by other scientists. This paper was a bold mandate for archaeology to take its rightful place among the behavioral sciences.

In lectures Harris could be as intimidating as Binford, but one-on-one he was easy to talk to. My admiration grew. The 1969 Pecos Conference took place in Prescott, Arizona. Coming at the end of Vernon's long field season, it was the venue of my first professional paper. I stood nervously at the podium of Prescott College's auditorium, filled with Southwestern archaeologists, ready to discourse on cultural laws. In my pants pocket was a message I had been asked to read before the talk. As I pulled it out, a nickel fell to the floor and bounced around noisily.

The strategies of a behavioral archaeology. 1. The occurrence of used items in a sample of 184 Tucson households. 2. A model of basic household material-culture dynamics. 3. The relationship between developmental stage and variables of households. 1. Various Hohokam chronologies, 1938-1980. 1. The Reid measure applied to pottery from Broken K Pueblo. 2. Design-element diversity at Broken K Pueblo. 1. The Uxorilocality Inference and Its Justification. 1. Biases in the Reuse Project Household Sample.

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