The Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record

The Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record

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By (author) Michael B. Schiffer

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  • Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 24mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Salt Lake City
  • ISBN 10: 0874805139
  • ISBN 13: 9780874805130
  • Illustrations note: 70ill.7tabs.
  • Sales rank: 475,987

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This handbook synthesizes the most important principles of cultural and environmental formation processes for both students and practicing archaeologists. "Formation Process of the Archaeological Record" embodies a vision that the cultural past is knowable, but only when the nature of the evidence is thoroughly understood. It shows how the past is accessible in practice by identifying variability introduced by the diverse effects of people and nature that in some sum, form the archaeological record. For students, it is intended as both an introduction and guide in method and theory, field work, and analysis. Practicing archaeologists will find it a valuable checklist of sources of variability when observations on the archaeological record are used to justify inferences.

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Michael Schiffer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona.

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Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record synthesizes the most important principles of cultural and environmental formation processes. It is intended as both introduction and guide in method and theory, fieldwork and analysis. Practicing archaeologists will find it a valuable checklist for sources of variability when observations on the archaeological record are used to justify inferences. Formation Processes embodies a vision that the cultural past is knowable, but only when the nature of the evidence is thoroughly understood. It shows how one can make the past accessible in practice by identifying the variability introduced by the diverse processes of people and nature that form the archaeological record.