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An Approach to Fitting Transmission Models to Seriations for Regional-Scale Analysis (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Carl Lipo. Mark Madsen.

At scales where individual copying events are not measurable but the regional archaeological record is rich enough to support models more detailed than phylogenies, seriation can play a unique role as a diachronic measurement tool for linking cultural transmission models to data composed of assemblages of artifact class frequencies. As a first step towards fitting cultural transmission models to regional-scale transmission scenarios, we develop a iterative deterministic seriation algorithm. We...

The Co-phylogeny of Earth-Diver Creation Myths and Language: Insights into Evolution Processes and Migration (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kristina Walters. Lorena Craig.

This paper presents results from co-phylogenetic analysis of Earth-Diver creation myths and regional language history. This study seeks to understand process of dissemination of traits of historically congruent cultural traditions across time and geographic space. We hypothesize creation myths and language have parallel evolutionary history and form a combined set of core cultural traditions. Thus creation stories and language will map closely together. Results from phylogenetic methods and...

A Costly Signaling Model for Chacoan Great House Construction (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kristin Safi.

Peer polity interaction has been suggested as a primary driver of interaction among communities with Chaco-style great houses. Unfortunately, the peer polity model lacks underlying theory and therefore using it to empirically examine the relationships between great house groups is difficult. We propose instead that costly signaling theory is a better framework for evaluating the construction of these monumental structures, the ritual or group level activities associated with their use, and...

Immanence, configuration and the bloomery ironmaking process: identifying behavioural opportunities from physical constraints (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Charlton.

All metallurgical systems conform to the scientific laws defined for chemical, physical and thermodynamic interactions. These laws place clear limitations on the range of technological possibility, but, more importantly, create technological opportunity. Some metallurgical opportunities will be better suited to particular socioeconomic and natural environments than others. Models derived jointly from Materials science and Geology on one hand and evolutionary sciences on the other can offer...

OFT and EVO-DEVO: Antithetical or mutually beneficial? (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mary Stiner. Steven Kuhn.

Short-term constraints that motivate people are an important part of the process social and economic change. Proximate decision (optimality or satisficing) models are particularly useful in archaeology because they play upon basic resource needs and costs in situations where behavior cannot be observed directly. These models are not enough, however, to account for the larger processes by which repeated interactions change the nature of the co-evolving species and the conditions of selection...

Solutions to Drift on Small and Isolated Populations (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Carl Lipo. Mark Madsen. Robert Dinapoli. Terry Hunt.

This is an abstract from the "Defining and Measuring Diversity in Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Due to the effects of drift on small and isolated populations, island environments pose particular evolutionary challenges in the retention of richness and diversity of cultural information. Such variation, however, can have significant fitness consequences particularly when environmental conditions change in an unpredictable fashion:...

Theory Building and the Study of Evolutionary Process in Complex Societies. In for Theory Building In Archaeology (1977)
DOCUMENT Citation Only J. Stephen Athens.

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