Tradition (Archaeological)

a group of populations sharing similar subsistence practices, technology, and forms of socio-political organization, which are spatially contiguous over a relatively large area and which endure temporally for a relatively long period. Our list of archaeological traditions comes mainly from the Outline of Archaeological Traditions compiled by Peter Peregrine with the advice of a Board of Advisors. Note that in order to fit these criteria and precedent in the literature, eHRAF Archaeology collections sometimes will include a number of what otherwise may be considered separate traditions, not to mention multiple regional and temporal subtraditions and phases that some scholars might consider separate traditions or cultures.