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Ethnoarchaeology plus a theory of behavior: Jim O’Connell’s Hadza work

Author(s): Kristen Hawkes

Year: 2015

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O’Connell’s Hadza work shows how combining behavioral ecology with ethnoarchaeology magnifies the power of ethnography to help interpret the past. O’Connell’s systematic observations and analyses of Hadza hunting and treatment of big game gave us robust falsification of received notions about our ancestral past, including ideas about scavenging, variation in faunal assemblages, and prey transport. His vision as both an archaeologist and ethnographer extracted the richest kind of evolutionary anthropology from our Hadza project. Without O’Connell as a guide I would have learned so much less from the Hadza. And so would you.

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Ethnoarchaeology plus a theory of behavior: Jim O’Connell’s Hadza work. Kristen Hawkes. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394835)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America