Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice / Edition 1

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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.
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' … this book persuasively achieves its aims and certainly deserves a wide audience.' Archaeological Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521793933
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Jones is a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University. He has worked extensively on British prehistory (especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age). Among his many research interests are the history of representation in archaeology, the role of art and memory in archaeological research, and the archaeology of animals and food. He has contributed to a number of journals and edited volumes. This is his first book.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The archaeology of 'two cultures' 1
2 Science as culture: creating interpretative networks 23
3 Archaeology observed 39
4 Materials science and material culture: practice, scale and narrative 63
5 Material culture and materials science: a biography of things 83
6 A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney 103
7 Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history 145
8 Before and after science 168
References 183
Index 203
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