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An archaeology of innovation: Approaching social and technological change in human society

Catherine J. Frieman


This book is the first monograph-length investigation of innovation and the innovation process from an archaeological perspective. We live in a world where innovation, innovativeness, creativity, and invention are almost laughably over-used buzzwords. Yet comparatively little research has been carried out on the long-term history of innovation beyond and before the Industrial Revolution. This monograph offers both a response and a sort of answer to the wider trans-disciplinary dialogue on innovation, invention, and technological and social change. The idea of innovation that permeates our popu ... More

Keywords: innovation studies, invention, continuity and conservatism, anthropological archaeology, science technology studies, prehistoric technologies, jistoric archaeology, contact and colonialism, creativity, feminist archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526132642
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526132659


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine J. Frieman, author
Australian National University