Between Dirt and Discussion: Methods, Methodology and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology / Edition 1by Steven Archer
Interpretations of the past are under constant critical scrutiny in archaeology. In recent decades, theoretical views have profoundly changed the conceptions of both "the past" and archaeologists' relationship to this object of study. However, our basic excavation and analytical methods have undergone little critical re-evaluation. Often archaeological discussions… See more details below
Interpretations of the past are under constant critical scrutiny in archaeology. In recent decades, theoretical views have profoundly changed the conceptions of both "the past" and archaeologists' relationship to this object of study. However, our basic excavation and analytical methods have undergone little critical re-evaluation. Often archaeological discussions begin as if "data" were already established, independent of the research designs and analytical choices that produce them. Interpretation often ends at the lectern, but it has many beginnings within the traditional archaeological process.
Exploring how data is generated and interpreted by historical archaeologists, it is at the intersection of "dirt and discussion". The cases presented in this volume revisit old methods and previous scholarly approaches with new perspectives, along with incorporating the newest technologies available to understanding the past. Rethinking the classics and engaging with new modes of data creation also generate fresh theoretical approaches.
Using their own work as examples, the contributors explore the connections between methodology and interpretation. Between Dirt and Discussion advocates recentering the materials that make archaeology archaeology, in the hopes of reinvigorating dialogues about the historic past, and archaeological contributions to its understanding.
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- Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
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- 0.57(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Table of Contents
Pipemakers and Their Workshops.- The Integration of Historical Cartographic Data within the GIS Environment.- Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Mesopotamia.- The Life and Death of a Home.- Alternatives to Traditional Models for the Classification and Analysis of Pipes of the Early Colonial Chesapeake.- Archaeology and the Ethics of Scientific Destruction.- Finding Common Ground in Common Places.- Re-excavation, Reflexivity and Responsibility at Colonial Williamsburg.- Excavating Sites Unseen.- “Ponying up to Billy Hurst’s Saloon”.- Methodology, Materiality, and the Endless Sea of Archaeology.
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