Costs and benefits in technological decision making under variable conditions: examples from the late Pleistocene in southern Africa
The issue of technological time costs as applied to the manufacture of flaked stone artefacts is considered. Assuming a positive correlation exists between technological cost and improvements in resource capture, it is shown that the viability of costly technologies is constrained by the abundance of resources in a landscape such that more costly technologies would be likely to be pursued in resource-poor landscapes. This outcome mirrors the results of past assessments of ethnographic data...[Show more]
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