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Metaarchaeology : Reflections by Archaeologists and Philosophers - Lester Embree


Reflections by Archaeologists and Philosophers

By: Lester Embree (Editor)


Published: 30th November 1992
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An idea of the philosophy of archaeology can best be gained by showing what it is, what the issues are, who is working in the field, and how they proceed. Reading Lester Embree's Metaarchaeology provides the best possible introduction to the field, since in it several leading archaeologists show how accessible and interesting the current archeological literature is, and currently active philosophers of archaeology reveal something of the current state of discussion on the subject. Bibliographies have also been developed of the philosophy of archaeology as well as of selected parts of the component that can be called metaarchaeology. Finally, an historical introduction has been included to show the variety of metascientific as well as orientational standpoints that philosophers of archaeology have had recourse to for over two decades, followed by speculation about the future of the discipline within the philosophy of science.

Introductory Essay: The Future and Past of Metaarchaeologyp. 3
What is the Archaeology of Chiefdoms about?p. 53
Is a Scientific Archaeology Possible?p. 75
Interpreting the Collapse of Classic Maya Civilization: A Case Study of Changing Archaeological Perspectivesp. 99
Explanation in Archaeology: Reactions and Rebuttalsp. 121
Philosophy of Archaeology
Universalization in Archaeological Explanationp. 143
Phenomenology of a Change in Archaeological Observationp. 165
Gender and Archaeological Knowledgep. 195
Philosophical Models for Postprocessual Archaeologyp. 227
Explanation in Archaeology: An Updatep. 243
The Place of Archaeology in Sciencep. 255
On "Heavily Decomposing Red Herrings": Scientific Method in Archaeology and the Ladening of Evidence with Theoryp. 269
Selected Bibliography of Archaeological Metaarchaeologyp. 289
Bibliography of Philosophical Metaarchaeologyp. 319
Index of Namesp. 327
Index of Topicsp. 331
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ISBN: 9780792320234
ISBN-10: 0792320239
Series: Developments in Hydrobiology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 343
Published: 30th November 1992
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.66