Beyond Foraging and Collecting: Evolutionary Change in by Ben Fitzhugh, Junko Habu

By Ben Fitzhugh, Junko Habu

LEWIS R. BINFORD AND AMBER L. JOHNSON The organizers of this quantity have introduced jointly authors who've labored on neighborhood sequences, a lot as conventional archaeologists tended to do, even though, with the fashionable target of addressing evolutionary swap in hunter-gatherer structures over very long time spans. Given this bold target they properly selected to invite the authors to construct their remedies round a focal query, the application of the forager-eollector continuum (Binford 1980) for examine on archaeological sequences. take into account that, Binford was once flat­ tered by means of their selection and understandably learn the papers with loads of curiosity. whilst he was once requested to jot down the foreword to this provoca­ tive ebook he anticipated to profit new issues and during this he has now not been upset. the typical organizing questions addressed one of the individuals to this quantity are easily, how valuable is the forager-eollector continuum for explanatory learn on sequences, and what else could we have to understand to give an explanation for evolutionary swap in hunter-gatherer diversifications? such a lot sequences rfile platforms swap, in a few experience. notwithstanding we do not inevitably know the way a lot synchronous systemic variability there could have been relative to the documented series, such a lot authors have attempted to handle the matter of inside of structures variability. during this experience, such a lot are working with sophistication no longer obvious between conventional tradition historians. the first challenge for archaeologists of the new release sooner than Binford was once how one can date archaeological materials.

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The handling of camas (Camassia quamash) in other parts in western North America is an illustrative contrast. Both camas and wapato roots were processed by roasting them in earth ovens (see Peacock 1998 for a description of cooking camas; Darby 1996 for wapato). Camas was a significant resource for the peoples of the Columbia Plateau, east of the region discussed here, and in the Willamette Valley to the south. In these areas, camas ovens are associated with camas meadows, sometimes in large 42 KENNETH M.

Raw material and raw material tests form a significant minority of the lithic artifacts at the Meier site. for example. Antler and bone for tools were also curated. I do not know at present whether these local patterns can be extended to aquatic hunter-gatherers more generally. However, at least on the Northwest Coast, there does seem to be much more bulk processing at residential sites than would be anticipated based on the collector-forager moclel. It is possible from the foregoing to propose a model for the aquatic forager landscape.

These differences mean that the archaeological record of terrestrial and aquatic collectors may be quite different from each other, at least in degree. A question arising from these considerations is whether these differences in degree are, cumulatively, differences in kind. If this is so, a further question is whether comparative analyses, such as those of Binford 0980, 1990), Keelley (988), and Kelly (1995) that are based on ethnographic samples with significant numbers of aquatic hunter-gathers, are therefore flawed (see Yesner 1980 for an early argument to this effect).

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