The Use of Migration as an Explanatory Concept in Archaeology
David J. Willers
David J. Willers, Southern Methodist University E-Mail: email@example.com
E.G. (Ernest George) Ravenstein (1834-1913)
A geographer by trade, most of Ravenstein’s published works on migration came after his retirement in 1874. He spent his career in the Topographical and Statistical Department of the War Office of England after moving there from Germany in 1952. While in their employ he produced numerous publications and maps primarily dealing with Africa. His migration research, especially his two papers on the “laws of migration” were very influential on later work dealing with the structure and process of migration. Although his work focused on current migrations and he was not an archaeologist; Ravenstein had a major impact on migration studies across many disciplines.
Selected Relevant Works:
RAVENSTEIN, E. G. 1885. The Laws of Migration. Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society, 48: 167-235.
RAVENSTEIN, E. G. 1889. The Laws of Migration. Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society, 52: 241-305.