This collection of essays treats the fundamental issue of the correlation of archaeology and texts in recreating the ancient Mediterranean world. Contributions from Classical and Near Eastern archaeologists and historians address specific points of correlation, and their potential for future productive research in the Mediterranean.
After an introduction to the issue of texts and archaeology, the essays treat concepts such as: site as text, artifactual contingency of meaning, correlating survey with documents, contextual independence of evidence, textual bases for archaeological approaches, and correlating faunal evidence with texts.
This book will be of important use to archaeologists and historians of the Mediterranean, and scholars of archaeological research in historical archaeology in general.
About the Author
David B. Small, Ph.D. (1983) in Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University. He has published most recently on social evolution in ancient Greece, and theoretical issues of archaeological interpretation.