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Between Dirt and Discussion


Between Dirt and Discussion

Methods, Methodology and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology

von: Steven Archer, Kevin Bartoy

103,52 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.02.2007
ISBN/EAN: 9780387342191
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 236

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Between Dirt and Discussion advocates recentering the materials that make archaeology archaeology, in the hope of reinvigorating dialogues about the historic past, and archaeological contributions to its understanding. The cases presented in this volume revisit old methods and previous scholarly approaches with new perspectives, and incorporate the newest technologies available for understanding the past. Using their own work as examples, the contributors explore the connections between methodology and interpretation.
Interpretations of the past are under constant critical scrutiny in archaeology. In recent decades, theoretical views have profoundly changed the conceptions of both "the past" and archaeologists' relationship to this object of study. However, our basic excavation and analytical methods have undergone little critical re-evaluation. Often archaeological discussions begin as if "data" were already established, independent of the research designs and analytical choices that produce them. Interpretation often ends at the lectern, but it has many beginnings within the traditional archaeological process.
Exploring how data is generated and interpreted by historical archaeologists, it is at the intersection of "dirt and discussion". The cases presented in this volume revisit old methods and previous scholarly approaches with new perspectives, along with incorporating the newest technologies available to understanding the past. Rethinking the classics and engaging with new modes of data creation also generate fresh theoretical approaches.
Using their own work as examples, the contributors explore the connections between methodology and interpretation. Between Dirt and Discussion advocates recentering the materials that make archaeology archaeology, in the hopes of reinvigorating dialogues about the historic past, and archaeological contributions to its understanding.
Pipemakers and Their Workshops.- The Integration of Historical Cartographic Data within the GIS Environment.- Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Mesopotamia.- The Life and Death of a Home.- Alternatives to Traditional Models for the Classification and Analysis of Pipes of the Early Colonial Chesapeake.- Archaeology and the Ethics of Scientific Destruction.- Finding Common Ground in Common Places.- Re-excavation, Reflexivity and Responsibility at Colonial Williamsburg.- Excavating Sites Unseen.- “Ponying up to Billy Hurst’s Saloon”.- Methodology, Materiality, and the Endless Sea of Archaeology.
Interpretations of the past are under constant critical scrutiny in archaeology. In recent decades, theoretical views have profoundly changed the conceptions of both "the past" and archaeologists' relationship to this object of study. However, our basic excavation and analytical methods have undergone little critical re-evaluation. Often archaeological discussions begin as if "data" were already established, independent of the research designs and analytical choices that produce them. Interpretation often ends at the lectern, but it has many beginnings within the traditional archaeological process.

Exploring how data is generated and interpreted by historical archaeologists, it is at the intersection of "dirt and discussion". The cases presented in this volume revisit old methods and previous scholarly approaches with new perspectives, along with incorporating the newest technologies available to understanding the past. Rethinking the classics and engaging with new modes of data creation also generate fresh theoretical approaches.

Using their own work as examples, the contributors explore the connections between methodology and interpretation. Between Dirt and Discussion advocates recentering the materials that make archaeology archaeology, in the hopes of reinvigorating dialogues about the historic past, and archaeological contributions to its understanding.
This work is in keeping with both theoretical archaeology as well as historical archaeology
The mix of "established" and newer contributors will be of interest to the older and younger communities in historical archaeology
Represents a holistic approach to archaeological methodology "between dirt and discussion."
The contributors primarily use case studies to explore the intersections between methodology and interpretation
This emphasis and explanation and application will allow for increased dialogues beyond the individual contribution and encourage future applications and critical reappraisals of a variety of archaeological methods