Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice

Paperback Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

By (author) Andrew Jones

$37.79
List price $43.98
You save $6.19 14% off

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Additional formats available

Format
Hardback $93.05
  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 22mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521793939
  • ISBN 13: 9780521793933
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 13 b/w illus. 12 maps 5 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,297,829

Product description

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.

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Author information

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.

Review quote

' ... 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.