ANTH 3650 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Succotash, Chronometry, Homo Sapiens

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Jennings chapter 1: prehistory of north america. Invoicing self-conscious theory in archaeological interpretation is more characteristic of. Adaptation leads to an ecological perspective: culture is a dynamic, open-system. Effects of some interactions can be detected. e. g. long-term climate change could force changed in the food species collected. Culture history: implied that most human behaviour is guided by a series of culturally established concepts or precepts of what are correct, and acceptably patterned activi- ties in a given cultural entity. American archaeology began in europe, shifted to north america two centuries ago. Formal history began with thomas jefferson"s investigation of a burial mound on his estate in virginia. Next century = myths and misconceptions that native americans were incapable of the craftsmanship needed to create what was found. Laid to rest by smithsonian institution archaeologists in 1880s. Many excursions into theory and answer why". Archaeology defined as dealing with material objects, structures and other remnants of extinct lifeways.