Archaeological Theory and Scientific PracticeHardback Topics in Contemporary Archaeology
- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 14mm | 470g
- Publication date: 24 December 2001
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521790603
- ISBN 13: 9780521790604
- Illustrations note: 13 b/w illus. 12 maps 5 tables
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. In this 2001 book, 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.
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Andrew Jones is a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University. He has worked extensively on British prehistory (especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age). Among his many research interests are the history of representation in archaeology, the role of art and memory in archaeological research, and the archaeology of animals and food. He has contributed to a number of journals and edited volumes. This is his first book.
' ... this book persuasively achieves its aims and certainly deserves a wide audience.' Archaeological Journal
Table of 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.