Archaeology, Evolution and Darwinism

  • Aleksandar Palavestra Department of Archaeology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
  • Marko Porčić Department of Archaeology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
socio-cultural evolution, Darwinism, sociobiology, Neo-Darwinian archaeology, anthropological theory, archeological theory


This paper presents a short history of the influence evolutionary thinking has had on anthropology and archaeology. The focus is on four major "schools" in evolutionist thought: the classical evolutionism of the 19th century, Neo-evolutionism, social biology (sociobiology) and Neo-Darwinian archaeology. The basic conclusion of this text is that the idea of socio-cultural evolution, understood in the broadest sense, has left a lasting impression on anthropological and archeological theory, and that it still represents a useful theoretical framework for new research.


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How to Cite
Palavestra, Aleksandar, and Marko Porčić. 2008. “Archaeology, Evolution and Darwinism”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 3 (3), 81-100.

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