Evolutionary fitness & culture

John Staeck (staeckjp@MARTIN.LUTHER.EDU)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 10:33:11 -0500

Giaccobe has, I think, defended the evolutionary perspective admirably.
Anyone interested in the subject may wish to look at Evolutionary
Archaeology: Methodological Issues ed. by Teltser (U. Arizona Press 1995).

I would only like to add that evolutionary archaeology (or whatever) need
not be perceived as the end-all or be-all of research that I think some
people fear. Though some evolutionary archaeologists touch on issues of
style and the individual I would suggest that there may be more effective
ways of investigating such issues. Like all theoretical perspectives,
evolutionary archaeology can be perceived as a tool which is best suited to
investigate some problems (though perhaps the philosophy which underlies it
may make it more or less palatable to different folks. -BTW, I think this
true of every perspective).
"Joust" some food for thought.

cheers - john
John Staeck
Anthropology Program
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101