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Title: Comment on The Chaîne Opératoire Approach in Middle Paleolithic Archaeology
Contributor(s): Davidson, Iain  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1086/592234
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Abstract: This authoritative review prompts several important reflections. First, operational sequences (OSs) occur much more widely in nature and culture. For example, Hill and Behrensmeyer (1984) established the OS of disarticulation of animal carcasses under conditions of natural decomposition. In these cases, there is no agency involved. But OS descriptions of gorilla leaf processing certainly involve agency (Byrne 2003), although we may dispute the intentionality in those actions. Demonstration of OS alone, therefore, does not establish either agency or intentionality.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Current Anthropology, 50(1), p. 119-120
Publisher: Chicago University Press on behalf of the Wenner Gren Foundation
Place of Publication: Chicago, United States of America
ISSN: 1537-5382
Field of Research (FOR): 210102 Archaeological Science
160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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