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Like many other sciences, archaeology is experiencing a data deluge. The recent accumulation of accessible data on early urban societies, coupled with the re-emergence of comparative studies, puts modern scholars in a position to make significant theoretical advances concerning the key episode of human social organization that provided the foundations of the contemporary world: the formation of the state.
A complex systems approach—pioneered at the Santa Fe Institute—involves fully interdisciplinary explorations of long-debated questions. Can basic quantitative analysis of human social evolution reveal macrocultural processes? Can we understand social cohesion by way of cultural genotypes? And does the emergence of social complexity involve the creation of new potential or the realization of latent human capabilities?
In this volume, many of the foremost experts in quantitative archaeology and anthropology leverage innovative methodologies—including agent-based modeling, network analysis, and theoretical applications of evolutionary biology—to push the field in new directions.
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- Lily Blair, Stanford University
- R. Kyle Bocinsky, Washington State University
- Stefani Crabtree, Pennsylvania State University
- Skyler Cragg, formerly SFI
- Laura Fortunato, University of Oxford and SFI External Professor
- Paul L. Hooper, Santa Fe Institute
- Hilliard S. Kaplan, University of New Mexico
- Tim Kohler, Washington State University and SFI External Professor
- Scott Ortman, University of Colorado Boulder and SFI External Professor
- Peter Peregrine, Lawrence University and SFI External Professor
- Eric Alden Smith, University of Washington
- Henry T. Wright, University of Michigan and SFI External Professor
Table of Contents
Part I: Background
Chapter 1: Extending Our Knowledge of Premodern States
Jeremy A. Sabloff
Chapter 2: The Problem of States: The State of the Problem
Chapter 3: Systematic Comparative Approaches to the Archaeological Record
Part II: New Research
Chapter 4: Status, Role, and Behavior in Premodern States: A Comparative Analysis
Paula L.W. Sabloff and Skyler Cragg
Chapter 5: Ecological and Social Dynamics of Territoriality and Hierarchy Formation
Chapter 6: Sociopolitical Evolution in Midrange Societies: The Prehispanic Pueblo Case
Chapter 7: The Contours of Cultural Evolution
Part III: Syntheses
Chapter 8: Cultural Genotypes and Social Complexity
Chapter 9: Toward a Theory of Recurrent Social Formations
Chapter 10: Concluding Remarks