Age-area hypothesis

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The age-area hypothesis is a concept in cultural anthropology that cultural traits tend to expand outward from their origin with time. Thus, the larger an area that a trait is found in, the older it is.

The age-area hypothesis is controversial, and considered by some to be discredited.[1]


  1. ^ Historical Inferences from Guttman Scales: The Return of Age-Area Magic? Theodore D. Graves; Nancy B. Graves; Michael J. Kobrin Current Anthropology, Vol. 10, No. 4. (Oct., 1969), pp. 317-338.