Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

by Andrew Jones
ISBN-10:
0521790603
ISBN-13:
9780521790604
Pub. Date:
01/28/2013
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

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: 9780521790604
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series , #1
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsviii
List of tablesx
Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiv
1The archaeology of 'two cultures'1
2Science as culture: creating interpretative networks23
3Archaeology observed39
4Materials science and material culture: practice, scale and narrative63
5Material culture and materials science: a biography of things83
6A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney103
7Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history145
8Before and after science168
References183
Index203

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