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Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork

Exploring On-Site Relationships Between Theory and Practice

Editors: Cobb, H., Harris, O.J.T., Jones, C., Richardson, P. (Eds.)

  • Examines fundamental questions about archaeological interpretation
  • Combines diverse contributions from academic and professional archaeologists, in the Americas and in Europe
  • Provides practical analysis of current archaeological practices
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Digging, recording, and writing are the three main processes that archaeologists undertake to analyze a site, yet the relationships between these processes is rarely considered critically. Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork asserts that each of these processes involves at least a bit of subjective interpretation. As a group of archaeologists work together to reconstruct an objective view of the past, at a particular time, at a particular site, their field methods and subjective interpretations affect the final analysis.

This volume explores the important nature of the relationship between fieldwork, analysis, and interpretation. Containing contributions from a diverse group of archaeologists, both academic and professional, from Europe and the Americas, it critically analyzes accepted practices in field archaeology, and provide thoughtful and innovative analysis of these procedures. By combining the experiences of both academic and professional archaeologists, Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork highlights key differences and key similarities in their concerns, theories, and techniques. This volume will incite discussion on fundamental questions for all archaeologists, both old and new to the field.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Reconsidering Fieldwork, an Introduction: Confronting Tensions in Fieldwork and Theory

    Cobb, Hannah (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • How to Archaeologize with a Hammer

    Carver, Geoff

    Pages 15-29

  • Often Fun, Usually Messy: Fieldwork, Recording and Higher Orders of Things

    Thorpe, Reuben

    Pages 31-52

  • Where the Rubber Hits the Road: A Critical Analysis of Archaeological Decision Making on Highways Projects in Ireland

    Wilkins, Brendon

    Pages 53-66

  • An Archaeology of Many Steps

    Lönn, Marianne

    Pages 67-84

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9539-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork
Book Subtitle
Exploring On-Site Relationships Between Theory and Practice
Editors
  • Hannah Cobb
  • Oliver J. T. Harris
  • Cara Jones
  • Philip Richardson
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-2338-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-2338-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2337-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9539-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 186
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