Beyond Foraging and Collecting

Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems

  • Ben Fitzhugh
  • Junko Habu

Part of the Fundamental Issues in Archaeology book series (FIAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Beyond Foraging and Collecting: Evolutionary Change in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems

  3. Regional Scale Processes of Settlement Pattern Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-17
    2. Kenneth M. Ames
      Pages 19-52
    3. Junko Habu
      Pages 53-72
    4. Ofer Bar-Yosef
      Pages 91-149
  4. Microevolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Change

  5. Beyond Ecological Approaches to Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Change

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 413-442

About this book


LEWIS R. BINFORD AND AMBER L. JOHNSON The organizers of this volume have brought together authors who have worked on local sequences, much as traditional archaeologists tended to do, however, with the modern goal of addressing evolutionary change in hunter-gatherer systems over long time spans. Given this ambitious goal they wisely chose to ask the authors to build their treatments around a focal question, the utility of the forager-eollector continuum (Binford 1980) for research on archaeological sequences. Needless to say, Binford was flat­ tered by their choice and understandably read the papers with a great deal of interest. When he was asked to write the foreword to this provoca­ tive book he expected to learn new things and in this he has not been disappointed. The common organizing questions addressed among the contributors to this volume are simply, how useful is the forager-eollector continuum for explanatory research on sequences, and what else might we need to know to explain evolutionary change in hunter-gatherer adaptations? Most sequences document systems change, in some sense. Though we don't necessarily know how much synchronous systemic variability there might have been relative to the documented sequence, most authors have tried to address the problem of within systems variability. In this sense, most are operating with sophistication not seen among traditional culture historians. The primary problem for archaeologists of the generation prior to Binford was how to date archaeological materials.


Early Mesolithic Evolution Vor- und Frühgeschichte collector model evolutionary change evolutionary ecology forager geographical distribution hunter-gatherer hunter-gatherer settlement mesolithic settlement systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Ben Fitzhugh
    • 1
  • Junko Habu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5124-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0543-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8040
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