Anthropological Research Framing for Archaeological Geophysics

Anthropological Research Framing for Archaeological Geophysics : Material Signatures of Past Human Behavior

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Recent archaeological scholarship along with technical and technological advances in near-surface geophysics has brought exciting new possibilities to a growing body of archaeological thought. Yet, few explicitly theoretical attempts have been made to provide archaeological geophysics with anthropological premises. Anthropological Research Framing for Archaeological Geophysics: Material Signatures of Past Human Behavior initiates a dialogue with other archaeological and geophysical professionals to do so. Most archaeological applications of geophysics remain methodological and technical, devoted to gaining awareness of buried anthropogenic materials but not human behavior. By proposing the amelioration of communication gaps between traditional and geophysical archaeologists, Jason Randall Thompson foments dialogue and participates in bringing about new ways of thinking anthropologically about archaeological more

Product details

  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 12 black & white halftones, 7 tables
  • 0739177583
  • 9780739177587

Review quote

A heartfelt and well-reasoned analysis of how and why geophysical analysis should be used in conjunction with more standard archaeological methods to help understand people, history, and past landscapes within an anthropological framework. -- Lawrence Conyers, University of Denver A courageous, heartfelt, and well-argued plea to put anthropology-the study of people-squarely and centrally into the use of archaeological geophysical techniques, so that this 'wave of the future' technology will be understandable and effectively usable by all archaeologists and geoarchaeologists. -- Glenn R. Storey, University of Iowashow more

About Jason Randall Thompson

Jason Randall Thompson is an anthropological archaeologist who teaches at University of Northern Iowa, Ashford University, and American Public more

Table of contents

Table of Contents List of Illustrations List of Tables Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Geophysical Technology Commonly Applied in Archaeology Chapter 2: Bridging Gaps Chapter 3: The Nature of a Problem Chapter 4: Towards Using AGP Anthropologically in Archaeology Chapter 5: Introduction to Research Frames: Relations between Research Procedures and Research Goals Chapter 6: Success at Verberie Chapter 7: Failure at 13DB674 in Iowa or Redefinition of Success? Chapter 8: Framing Testable Humanistic Hypotheses for AGP Chapter 9: Ideas for How to Do Thisshow more