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Preface * 1. Introduction: Why Darwinian archaeology? * 2. Behavioural ecology: the evolutionary study of behaviour * 3. Culture as an evolutionary system * 4. The evolutionary archaeology of cultural traditions * 5. Human life histories and their population consequences * 6. The archaeology of getting a living * 7. Male-female relations in an evolutionary perspective: the role of sexual selection * 8. The history of social contracts and the evolution of property * 9. Competition, co-operation and warfare: the role of group selection * 10. History, adaptation and self-organization
Stephen Shennan is Professor of Theoretical Archaeology and Director of the AHRB Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Culture at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Among his previous books are Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity and The Archaeology of Human Ancestry.
'Fresh and surprising... a fascinating book' - Matt Ridley, bestselling author of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species and The Red Queen 'A brilliant book which radically reshapes much current thinking about the processes of culture change' - Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge