Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice / Edition 1

Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice / Edition 1

by Andrew Jones, Jones Andrew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521793939

ISBN-13: 9780521793933

Pub. Date: 03/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Contemporary archaeology is polarized between the technically competent excavators, who have sophisticated ways of recording, analyzing, classifying and describing their sites, and the social theorists, influenced by sceptical sociologies in science and cultural studies. This book defines the contours of each faction and argues that conflict between their aims and

Overview

Contemporary archaeology is polarized between the technically competent excavators, who have sophisticated ways of recording, analyzing, classifying and describing their sites, and the social theorists, influenced by sceptical sociologies in science and cultural studies. This book defines the contours of each faction and argues that conflict between their aims and procedures is unnecessary. Andrew Jones instead emphasizes the process of interpretations, which is, in his view, the real concern of archaeologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521793933
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. The archaeology of 'two cultures'; 2. Science as culture: creating interpretative networks; 3. Archaeology observed; 4. Materials, science and material culture: practice and narrative; 5. Material culture and materials science: a biography of things; 6. A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney; 7. Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history; 8. Before and after science.

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