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The Strong Case Approach in Behavioral Archaeology, Paperback / softback Book

The Strong Case Approach in Behavioral Archaeology Paperback / softback

Edited by Michael Brian Schiffer, Charles Riggs, J. Jefferson Reid

Part of the Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry series


Although all archaeologists subscribe in principle to building strong cases in support of their inferences, behavioural archaeology alone has created methodology for developing strong cases in practice.

The behavioural version of the strong case approach rests on two main pillars: (1) nomothetic (generalising) strategies, consisting of research in experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and long-term processes of behavioural change to produce principles necessary for inference; and (2) the formation processes of supporting evidence when constructing inferences.

The chapters employ a wide range of data classes, demonstrating the versatility and productivity of the approach for fashioning rigorous inferences in history, historical archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and prehistory.

By illustrating the strong case approach with convincing case studies from behavioural archaeology, the editors aim to alert the archaeological community about how the process of archaeological inference can be improved.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 18 illustrations, 6 maps
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Archaeology
  • ISBN: 9781607815761



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