Studying Technological Change synthesizes nearly four decades of research by Michael Brian Schiffer, a cofounder of the field of behavioral archaeology. This new book asks historical and scientific questions about the interaction of people with artifacts during all times and in all places. The book is not about the history or prehistory of technology, nor is it a catalog of methods and techniques for inferring how specific technologies were made or used. Rather, it supplies conceptual tools that can be used to help craft an explanation of any technological change in any society.
Michael Brian Schiffer is the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Traditional Technology at the University of Arizona.
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Praise and Reviews:
“In clear and concise prose, Schiffer lays out a framework that can be applied by archaeologists but also will be relevant to anyone with an interest in the interaction between humans and their material culture. Archaeologists and historians of technology will need to have it on their bookshelf.”—James M. Skibo, Illinois State University