Summary, Week 9

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Matt Staten Dr. Loren Davis Anthropology 430 4 March 2008 Article Summary – Week 9 In “The effect of handling time on subsistence technology”, Bright et al. outline the need for a model to consider the economic cost of developing new technologies in hunter-gatherer societies. The authors propose what they call the “Tech Investment Model”, which at the time of publication is simply a set of hypotheses pertaining to prey choice and technological innovation. Bright et al. admit that there currently no method of quantifying when, how, or why a culture will adopt new technologies. Indeed, the only thing that can be offered to that end is theory (i.e. the people living in the Little Boulder Basin Area switched from bifacial tools to grinding stones because…). The authors make the case that theoretical reasons for technological change are simply not enough, but that there needs to be actual, quantifiable data. The research presented in the article uses data collected from sites throughout a small part
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