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Phase 1: Cultural innovation and transmission: Project 030
Cultural Transmission in Indigenous Siberia

Peter Jordan (Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen )

PROJECT FUNDING: Leverhulme Trust, British Academy

PROJECT ABSTRACT:
Anthropologists and archaeologists face the fundamental challenge of explaining processes of long-term cultural and linguistic transmission. This project focuses directly on these central questions, by examining the degree to which Siberian languages and other socio-cultural variables are inherited either vertically within communities, through processes of “descent with modification” or horizontally, through intensive culture contact, taking into account ecology, interaction distances and population densities. Northern Eurasia (Siberia) is an ideal location for the study due to its exceptional and well-documented cultural diversity. Applying novel methodologies to studies of cultural and linguistic transmission, the project’s findings have immediate applicability to key debates in archaeology and anthropology, especially attempts to link artefact distributions with forms of ethnicity.



ASSOCIATED PUBLICATIONS:
Jordan, P (2004).
Ethnic Survival and the Siberian Khanty: On-going Transformations in Seasonal Mobility and Traditional Culture. Nomadic Peoples Journal. Vol 8(1):
Jordan, P (2004).
Examining the Role of Agency in Hunter Cultural Transmission. In: A. Gardner (ed\s) Agency Uncovered: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Agency, Power and Being Human. London: UCL Press.