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Confronting Scale in Archaeology : Issues of Theory and Practice - Gary Lock

Confronting Scale in Archaeology

Issues of Theory and Practice

By: Gary Lock (Editor), Brian Molyneaux (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780387327723
Number Of Pages: 280

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Without realizing, most archaeologists shift within a scale of interpretation of material culture. Material data is interpreted from the scale of an individual in a specific place and time and then shifts to the complex dynamics of cultural groups extending over time and space. This ignoring of scale is the a oeconcessiona archaeologists make to interpretation. The introduction of geographical information systems (GIS) remote sensing, and virtual reality have expanded the scale at which data is interpreted even more, using multiple scales at the same time without recognizing the significance of their actions.

This book discusses the cultural, social and spatial aspects of scale and its impact on archaeology in practical and applicable cases. Each author takes one of the fundamental elements of archaeology - from the experience of time and space to the visualization of individuals, sites and landscapes to the intricacies of archaeological discourse - and shows how an awareness of scale can create new and exciting interpretations.

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"Archaeologists from North America, Europe, and Australia grapple with the concept of scale and its intentional and unintentioanl influence in their practice. The fundamental problem is that archaeologists, being human, have trouble imagining things very much larger or very much smaller than humans, and things very much longer or very much shorter than a human lifetime. The contributions look at space, time, and size in the past and the present; problems of scale and their identification; and new methodologies and understandings for interpreting scale." (Reference and Research Book News, November 2006)

Introduction: Confronting Scalep. 1
Introducing Scale: Space, Time and Size in the Past and the Present
On Being the Right Size: Affordances and the Meaning of Scalep. 15
Timescalesp. 27
Scale as Artifact: GIS, Ecological Fallacy, and Archaeological Analysisp. 39
Artifacts as Social Interference: The Politics of Spatial Scalep. 55
Constructing Scale: Identifying Problems
Topographical Scale as Ideological and Practical Affordance: The Case of Devils Towerp. 67
Perspective Matters: Traversing Scale through Archaeological Practicep. 77
Artifacts as Landscapes: A Use-Wear Case Study of Upper Paleolithic Assemblages at the Solutre Kill Site, Francep. 89
Scale and Archaeological Evaluations: What are We Looking For?p. 113
Scale, Model Complexity, and Understanding: Simulation of Settlement Processes in the Glenwood Locality of Southwestern Iowa, 1976 and 2000p. 129
Scale and Its Effects on Understanding Regional Behavioural Systems: An Australian Case Studyp. 145
Custer's Last Battle: Struggling with Scalep. 163
Interpreting Scale: Towards New Methodologies and Understandings
Temporal Scales and Archaeological Landscapes from the Eastern Desert of Australia and Intermontane North Americap. 183
Large Scale, Long Duration and Broad Perceptions: Scale Issues in Historic Landscape Characterisationp. 203
Multiscalar Approaches to Settlement Pattern Analysisp. 217
Grain, Extent, and Intensity: The Components of Scale in Archaeological Surveyp. 235
Persons and Landscapes: Shifting Scales of Landscape Archaeologyp. 257
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780387327723
ISBN-10: 038732772X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.26  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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