An Evolutionary Theory of Cultural Differentiation

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Abstract

This paper introduces the cultural r/k theory – an evolutionary theory that explains why different cultures evolve in different directions. The cultural r/k theory links differences in artistic style with war and peace, geography, political system and religion. This theory is useful for explaining cultural differences, for classifying artefacts and for predicting sampling bias in the archaeological record.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheoretical and Methodological Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology : Toward an unified Darwinian paradigm
Number of pages4
PublisherArchaeopress
Publication date2009
Pages31-34
ISBN (Print)978-1-4073-0398-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event15th World Congress on Theoretical and Methodological Isusses in Evolutionary Archaeology: Toward an unified Darwinian paradigm - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Sep 20069 Sep 2006
Conference number: 15

Conference

Conference15th World Congress on Theoretical and Methodological Isusses in Evolutionary Archaeology
Number15
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period04/09/200609/09/2006

Keywords

  • cultural r/k theory
  • evolutionary theory

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