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date: 15 August 2020

systems theory 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
Author(s):

Timothy Darvill

[Th]A method of formal analysis in which the object of study is viewed as comprising a series of distinct but interconnected components or subsystems. Initially developed in the field of cybernetics, general systems theory, in particular that relating to so‐called open systems, was brought into the social sciences in the 1960s. In archaeology it was used as a means of investigating social complexity and long‐term change. In ... ...

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