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dc.contributor.authorFrench, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-11T11:44:24Z
dc.date.available2015-03-11T11:44:24Z
dc.date.issued2015-01-11en
dc.identifier.citationFrench. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2015) Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 150-199. doi: 10.1007/s10816-014-9237-4en
dc.identifier.issn1072-5369
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246966
dc.description.abstractDemographic change has recently re-emerged as a key explanation for socio-cultural changes documented in the prehistoric archaeological record. While the majority of studies of Pleistocene demography have been conducted by geneticists, the archaeological records of the Palaeolithic should not be ignored as a source of data on past population trends. This paper forms both a comprehensive synthesis and the first critical review of current archaeological research into Palaeolithic demography. Within prevailing archaeological frameworks of dual inheritance theory and human behavioural ecology, I review the ways in which demographic change has been used as an explanatory concept within Palaeolithic archaeology. I identify and discuss three main research areas which have benefitted from a demographic approach to socio-cultural change: (1) technological stasis in the Lower Palaeolithic, (2) the Neanderthal-Homo sapiens transition in Europe and (3) the emergence of behavioural modernity. I then address the ways in which palaeodemographic methods have been applied to Palaeolithic datasets, considering both general methodological concerns and the challenges specific to this time period. Finally, I discuss the ability of ethnographic analogy to aid research into Palaeolithic demography.
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding for this research was provided by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Doctoral Studentship and a Peterhouse (University of Cambridge, UK) Research Fellowship.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.subjectdemographyen
dc.subjectPalaeolithicen
dc.subjecthunter-gatherersen
dc.subjectbehavioural ecologyen
dc.subjectcultural evolutionen
dc.titleDemography and the Palaeolithic Archaeological Recorden
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the accepted manuscript. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10816-014-9237-4en
prism.endingPage199
prism.publicationDate2015en
prism.publicationNameJournal of Archaeological Method and Theoryen
prism.startingPage150
prism.volume23en
dc.rioxxterms.funderAHRC
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10816-014-9237-4en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2015-01-11en
dc.contributor.orcidFrench, Jennifer [0000-0001-5947-6669]
dc.identifier.eissn1573-7764
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2016-01-11


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