Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Prof Robert H. Layton

Layton, R.H. (2008). Crisp snapshots and fuzzy trends. In Time and change: archaeological and anthropological perspectives on the long term. Papagianni, D., Layton, R. & Maschner, H. Oxford: Oxbow. 1-13.
  • Publication type: Chapter in book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 978-1-84217-320-6
  • Keywords: Agency, evolution

Author(s) from Durham


Discusses ways in which human agency revealed in archaeological moments such as tool-making at Boxgrove or dietary remains from a buried NW Coast native American village can be integrated nto the study of long term adaptive or social evolutionary trends. The compatibility of agency theory proposed by Giddens and Bourdieu with neo-Darwinian theory is assessed.