Posing Questions For A Scientific Archaeology

Posing Questions For A Scientific Archaeology

by Terry L. Hunt
     
 

Although many believe that archaeological knowledge consists simply of empirical findings, this notion is false; data are generated with the guidance of theory, or some sense-making system acting in its place whether researchers recognize this or not. Failure to understand the relationship between theory and the empirical world has led to the many debates and

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Although many believe that archaeological knowledge consists simply of empirical findings, this notion is false; data are generated with the guidance of theory, or some sense-making system acting in its place whether researchers recognize this or not. Failure to understand the relationship between theory and the empirical world has led to the many debates and frustrations of contemporary archaeology.

Despite years of trying, the atheoretical, empiricist foundations of archaeology have left us little but a history of storytelling and unsatisfying generalizations about historical change and human diversity. The present work offers promising directions for building theoretically defensible results by providing well-designed case studies that can be used as guides or exemplars. Evolutionary theory, in at least some form, is the foundation for a scientific archaeology that will yield scientific explanations for historical change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897897532
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2001
Series:
Scientific Archaeology for the Third Millennium Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
1Posing Questions for a Scientific Archaeology1
2Building Components of Evolutionary Explanation: A Study of Wedge Tools from Northern South America23
3The Engineering and Evolution of Hawaiian Fishhooks73
4Building the Framework for an Evolutionary Explanation of Projectile Point Variation: An Example from the Central Mississippi River Valley97
5Social Complexity in Ancient Egypt: Functional Differentiation as Reflected in the Distribution of Standardized Ceramics145
6Community Structures among Late Mississippian Populations of the Central Mississippi River Valley175
7Dietary Variation and Village Settlement in the Ohio Valley217
8Resource Intensification and Late Holocene Human Impacts on Pacific Coast Bird Populations: Evidence from the Emeryville Shellmound Avifauna251
9Evolutionary Bet-Hedging and the Hopewell Cultural Climax279
Index305
About the Contributors313

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