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On the Reasons for Social Evolution in Mesoamerica: Intentions in the Models

Author: David Groenfeldt (University of Arizona)

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As proponents of the "new archeology" have repeatedly emphasized (e.g. Watson, Redman, LeBlanc 1971), the description of a series of events does not constitute an explanation of those events. in order to explain events, they must be placed against a theoretical model in terms of which the diverse elements of archeological fact can be seen as some kind of integrated whole. While such a recipe for explanation seems simple enough, problems arise in determining: 1) what model to use, and 2) the precise nature of correspondence between the raw data and the model.

Keywords: Social Evolution, Mesoamerica

How to Cite: Groenfeldt D., (1980) “On the Reasons for Social Evolution in Mesoamerica: Intentions in the Models”, Atlatl 1.

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02 Jan 1980
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