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Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice : Topics in Contemporary Archaeology - Andrew Jones

Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

Topics in Contemporary Archaeology


Published: 24th December 2001
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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.

' ... this book persuasively achieves its aims and certainly deserves a wide audience.' Archaeological Journal

The archaeology of 'two cultures'
Science as culture: creating interpretative networks
Archaeology observed
Materials, science and material culture: practice and narrative
Material culture and materials science: a biography of things
A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney
Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history
Before and after science
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ISBN: 9780521790604
ISBN-10: 0521790603
Series: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24th December 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.47