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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 35. What is Processual Archaeology?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27884


The principle goal of processual archaeology is to explain cultural change in a scientific manner. The emphasis of processual archaeology, as its name suggests, is on processes and systems. Culture is a system of behaviors. History is a series of processes. If we can define these systems and processes, and understand how they work, then we can explain archaeological phenomena.

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