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O'Brien, Michael J. (Michael John) 1950-

Overview
Works: 46 works in 250 publications in 2 languages and 21,296 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Classification  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: CC75.7, 930.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael J O'Brien
The Socratic paradoxes and the Greek mind by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise and fall of culture history by R. Lee Lyman( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rise and Fall of Culture History presents an insightful critical analysis of the culture history approach as developed and practiced by North American-trained archaeologists during the first six decades of the twentieth century. How and why critical concepts were incorporated are discussed in detail, as are the paradigm's strengths and weaknesses. The framework for this analysis is founded on the contrast between two metaphysics used by evolutionary biologists in discussing their own discipline: materialistic/populational thinking and essentialistic/typological thinking. Employing this framework, the authors show not only why the culture history paradigm lost favor in the 1960s, but also which of its aspects need to be retained if archaeology is ever to produce a viable theory of culture change
I'll have what she's having : mapping social behavior by R. Alexander Bentley( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humans are, first and foremost, social creatures. And this shapes and explains most of our choices. The authors show us how we use the brains of others to think for us and as storage space for knowledge about the world. From the individual to small groups to the complexities of populations, they describe how buzzwords propagate and how ideas spread; how the swine flu scare became an epidemic; and how focused social learning by a few gets amplified as copying by the masses
Paradigms of the past : the story of Missouri archaeology by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeology as a process : processualism and its progeny by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "old" archaeology -- A new perspective in arch(a)eology -- The first processualist case studies -- Making archaeology explicitly scientific -- Science or history? -- Fortunes to be made (and lost) -- Home on the middle range -- Fall from grace -- Tribal encounters
Cladistics and archaeology by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Cladistics and Archaeology, Michael O'Brien and Lee Lyman explore the application of cladistics to archaeology by considering artifacts as human phenotypic characters. Their fundamental premise is that particular kinds of characters (style, artifact type, tool) can be used to create historically meaningful nested taxa. Further, they argue that this approach offers a means of building connections and "life histories" of archaeological artifacts."--Jacket
The prehistory of Missouri by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Prehistory of Missouri is a fascinating examination of the objects that were made, used, and discarded or lost by Missouri's prehistoric inhabitants over a period of more than eleven thousand years. Missouri's numerous vegetation zones and its diverse topography encompassed extreme variations, forcing prehistoric populations to seek a wide range of adaptations to the natural environment. As a result, Missouri's archaeological record is highly complex, and it has not been fully understood despite the vast amount of fieldwork that has been conducted within the state's borders. Michael J. O'Brien and W. Raymond Wood explore the array of artifacts that have been found in Missouri, pinpointing minute variations in form. They have documented the ranges in age and distribution of the individual forms, explaining why some persisted while others quickly disappeared. The book provides a comprehensive survey of what is currently known about Missouri's prehistoric peoples, often revealing how they made their living in an ever-changing world. The authors have applied rigorous standards of archaeological inquiry. Their main objective - demonstrating that the archaeological record of Missouri can be explained in scientific terms - is accomplished
Changing perspectives on the archaeology of the Central Mississippi River Valley by Society for American Archaeology( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolutionary archaeology : theory and application( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James A. Ford and the growth of Americanist archaeology by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James A. Ford and the Growth of Americanist Archaeology tells the story of Ford's role in the development of culture history, the dominant paradigm in the field from roughly 1914 to 1960. By studying Ford's life and the major part he played in the rise and fall of culture history, authors Michael J. O'Brien and R. Lee Lyman explore the underpinnings of the paradigm." "To understand the state of Americanist archaeology today requires an understanding of what culture history embodies. James A. Ford and the Growth of Americanist Archaeology presents a thorough examination of the culture-history paradigm through a unique biographical approach. Students and scholars of archaeology and the history of archaeology will benefit from this work."--Jacket
Grassland, forest, and historical settlement : an analysis of dynamics in northeast Missouri by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Applying evolutionary archaeology : a systematic approach by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Applying Evolutionary Archaeology is intended to serve as an introduction to the kind of systematics needed to understand the archaeological record in Darwinian evolutionary terms. Not surprisingly given its subject matter, evolutionary archaeology has much in common with paleobiology and uses some of the methods and techniques that have been worked out in the latter discipline to create and explain lineages. In turn, archaeology has something to offer paleobiology, not only in terms of method but also in terms of theory. Thus Applying Evolutionary Archaeology should appeal to professionals, practitioners, and advanced students in both disciplines."--Jacket
Cat monsters and head pots : the archaeology of Missouri's Pemiscot Bayou by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Destined to become a classic in North American archaeology, Cat Monsters and Head Pots is a groundbreaking account of the late-period archaeology of one small but archaeologically important region of the central Mississippi River valley - an area bordering Pemiscot Bayou in modern Pemiscot County, Missouri. The sites from this period - the late Mississippian period, A.D. 1300-1540 - have been a lure for decades, primarily because of the exquisite pottery and Spanish artifacts that they produce." "During the 1950s and early 1960s, the University of Missouri mostly through the efforts of the late Carl Chapman, undertook a series of excavations in Pemiscot County. This work preceded considerable site destruction through land leveling and road construction, so what was recovered is often all that remains of the vast quantities of materials once preserved in the sites. Cat Monsters and Head Pots, based on the notes and photographs from the excavations, as well as on public and private collections of artifacts excavated over the years, fills a tremendous void in the archaeological history of the central Mississippi Valley. Presented for the first time are site maps showing exactly what areas were excavated and what was recovered. Vessel photographs are included to give the reader an accurate picture of the range of pottery recovered from different sites." "Reconstructing the environment of southeast Missouri during the time in question, O'Brien argues that this knowledge is crucial to an understanding of how prehistoric peoples used the region and how they adapted to a cypress swamp that was almost impenetrable until the land was drained in the late nineteenth century." "Because of the paucity of reported data from sites in this important locale, many archaeological myths have grown up about the way things were along Pemiscot Bayou 600 years ago. However, thanks to O'Brien's important work, those fictional tales can now be weighed against all the available evidence. Professional and amateur archaeologists alike will laud this exciting and extremely valuable new resource."--Jacket
Measuring time with artifacts : a history of methods in American archaeology by R. Lee Lyman( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An understanding of the history of artifact-based chronometers enables us to understand how we know what we think we know about the past, ensures against modern misapplication of the methods, and sheds light on the reasoning behind archaeologists' actions during the first half of the twentieth century."--Jacket
Innovation in cultural systems : contributions from evolutionary anthropology by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leading scholars offer a range of perspectives on the roles played by innovation in the evolution of human culture
Measuring the flow of time : the works of James A. Ford, 1935-1941 by James Alfred Ford( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When James Ford began archaeological fieldwork in 1927, scholars divided time simply into prehistory and history. Although certainly influenced by his colleagues, Ford devoted his life to establishing a chronology for prehistory based on ceramic types, and today he deserves credit for bringing chronological order to the vast archaeological record of the Mississippi Valley."--BOOK JACKET. "This book collects Ford's seminal writings showing the importance of pottery styles in dating sites, population movements, and cultures. These works defined the development of ceramic chronology that culminated in the major volume Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, 1940-1947, which Ford wrote with Philip Phillips and James B. Griffin."--Jacket
W.C. McKern and the Midwestern Taxonomic Method by R. Lee Lyman( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explains the deep influence of biological methods and theories on the practice of Americanist archaeology by exploring W.C. McKern's use of Linnaean taxonomy as the model for development of a pottery classification system. By the early 20th century, North American archaeologists had found evidence of a plethora of prehistoric cultures displaying disparate geographic and chronological distributions. But there were no standards or algorithms for specifying when a culture was distinct or identical to another in a nearby or distant region. Will Carleton McKern of the Milwaukee Public Mu
Setting the agenda for American archaeology : the National Research Council archaeological conferences of 1929, 1932, and 1935 by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Setting the Agenda contains the complete reports of these three conferences, a short publication on the methods and techniques for conducting archaeological surveys, and a guide for amateur archaeologists. An extensive introduction by the editors sets these important historical documents in context and provides insight into the intentions of the NRC committee members as they guided the development of American archaeology."--Jacket
Mississippian community organization : the Powers phase in southeastern Missouri by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Powers Phase Project, a multiyear archaeological program undertaken in southeastern Missouri by the University of Michigan in the late 1960s and early 1970s, represents a milestone in Americanist archaeology. This volume reinterprets a number of the earlier conclusions from the long-term excavations of the Turner and Snodgrass sites and enhances the usefulness of the findings for archaeologists interested in the late prehistory of the Mississippi River Valley
Traditional archery from six continents : the Charles E. Grayson Collection by Charles E Grayson( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An overview of one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of European and non-European archery-related materials in the world. This book presents color photos and descriptions of some 300 items - including bows, arrows, quivers, and thumb rings- that represent traditional archery techniques, practices, and customs from around the world"--Provided by publisher
 
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The rise and fall of culture history
Alternative Names
Michael J. O’Brien US-amerikanischer Anthropologe und Archäologe

O’Brien, Michael John 1950-

O'Brien, M. J.

O'Brien, M. J. 1950-

O'Brien, Michael J.

O'Brien, Michael John 1950-

오브라이언, 마이클 J. 1950-

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English (183)

Spanish (1)

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I'll have what she's having : mapping social behaviorParadigms of the past : the story of Missouri archaeologyArchaeology as a process : processualism and its progenyCladistics and archaeologyThe prehistory of MissouriChanging perspectives on the archaeology of the Central Mississippi River ValleyEvolutionary archaeology : theory and applicationJames A. Ford and the growth of Americanist archaeology