Migration in Archeology: The Baby and the Bathwater

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Migration has been largely ignored by archeologists for the last two decades. Yet prehistoric de mography and population studies are accepted as central concerns, and neither of these can b studied profitably without an understanding of migration. Recent books by Rouse and Renfrew have resurrected migration as a subject ofserious analysis. It isproposed here that systems-oriente archeologists, in rejecting migration, have thrown out the baby with the bathwater. Traditiona archeological approaches to migration fall short because a methodology for examining prehistori migration must be dependent upon an understanding of the general structure of migration as a patterned human behavior. Aspects ofsuch a structure are suggested and an application to a par- ticular case in Eastern Europe is described

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