Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

By: Andrew Jones

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Is archaeology an art or a science? This question has been hotly debated over the last few decades with the rise of archaeological science. At the same time, archaeologists have seen a change in the intellectual character of their discipline, as many writers have adopted approaches influenced by social theory. The discipline now encompasses both archaeological scientists and archaeological theorists, and discussion regarding the status of archaeology remains polarised. Andrew Jones argues that we need to analyse the practice of archaeology. Through an analysis of archaeological practice, influenced by recent developments in the field of science studies, and with the aid of extensive case studies, he develops a new framework which allows the interpretative and methodological components of the discipline to work in tandem. His reassessment of the status and character of archaeology will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals. Contents 1. The archaeology of ‘two cultures’; 2. Science as culture: creating interpretative networks; 3. Archaeology observed; 4. Materials, science and material culture: practice and narrative; 5. Material culture and materials science: a biography of things; 6. A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney; 7. Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history; 8. Before and after science. Printed Pages: 222.

Title: Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

Author Name: Andrew Jones

Categories: Social Science,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2001

ISBN: 0521790603

ISBN 13: 9780521790604

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Brand New

Size: 16 Cms x 24 Cms

Seller ID: 009442

Keywords: Archaeology Colonialsm Archaeological Theory