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Neo-environmental determinism and agrarian ‘collapse’ in Andean prehistory

  • Clark L. Erickson (a1)

In early anthropology, environmental determinism was used to explain race, human demography, material culture, cultural variation and cultural change. As anthropological interpretation evolved, simplistic reductionist thinking was replaced with more complex socio-cultural explanations. Despite these theoretical advances,environmental determinism continues to be invoked to explain Andean prehistory.

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