The Archeology of Ecology: Taking the Long View
Lipe, William D.
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William Lipe writes: "Like other archeologists of my generation (I completed my Ph.D in 1966), I received my basic training at a time when ecologically oriented archeology was just becoming respectable. The "conjunctive approach" (Taylor 1948) was beginning to take hold, and as one result, archeologists were beginning to routinely collect and analyze food remains and the occasional pollen sample. The concepts of cultural ecology were reflected in the growing popularity of settlement pattern analysis (Steward 1955, Willey 1974). The 'New Archeology' was actually new, and statements such as 'change in the total cultural system must be viewed in an adaptive context both social and environmental' (Binford 1962) were considered awesomely theoretical."