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Type: Paper
Paper Title: BEHAVIORAL REGIONS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Author: WARREN LAIL (New Mexico Highlands University)   
Date/Time: Sat., 2:30 PM
Co-Author(s): WARREN LAIL (New Mexico Highlands University) 
Abstract: All human behavior is patterned. We act in patterned ways because doing so helps us fulfill the material needs and desires of life, or because we are acting in concert with cultural expectations or beliefs about the world in which we live. Two objectives of modern archaeology are to recognize these patterns initially, and then to find meaning in them. Because archaeology is necessarily tied to the land and its resources, there is a tendency to overemphasize human-environmental interactions at the expense of a broader understanding of the non-material factors that contribute to the creation of the archaeological record. In areas of relative resource abundance, environmental-functionalist approaches alone often leave us with conflicting explanations for essentially the same behaviors. Combining elements of environmental-functionalist archaeology, geographic region analysis, and practice theory, I present a methodology that examines archaeological data for evidence not of patterned behaviors only, but of patterned behaviors suggestive of the practices, beliefs, and worldviews of the people who produced them.

Program Number: 4-0665
Session Title: THEORETICAL ADVANCES IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHAEOLOGY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): AMY GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (Assumption College)  
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