Constructing Frames of Reference (Paperback)
An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets
University of California Press, 9780520303409, 583pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
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This work provides a major synthesis of an enormous body of cultural and environmental information and offers many original insights into the past. Binford helped pioneer what is now called "ethnoarchaeology"—the study of living societies to help explain cultural patterns in the archaeological record—and this book is grounded on a detailed analysis of ethnographic data from about 340 historically known hunter-gatherer populations. The methodological framework based on this data will reshape the paradigms through which we understand human culture for years to come.