Archaeometry and materiality: materials based analysis in theory and practice

Jones, A. (2004) Archaeometry and materiality: materials based analysis in theory and practice. Archaeometry, 46, (3), 327-338. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2004.00161.x).


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Due to the diversity of contemporary archaeology, the aims and approaches of archaeological scientists and archaeological theorists are often at odds. I suggest that this position is problematic, both intellectually and methodologically, as both groups are fundamentally engaged in the same task: an understanding of past societies through the medium of material culture.

This paper offers a review of the intellectual positions of both groups, with a brief discussion of the history of archaeological theory and an appraisal of its current trajectory. I will discuss how and why contemporary theoretical perspectives have fundamentally diverged from the perspectives of archaeological scientists and how the recent theoretical emphasis upon materiality offers a rapprochement between theoreticians and archaeological scientists.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2004.00161.x
ISSNs: 0003-813X (print)
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Keywords: archaeological science, theoretical archaeology, post-processualism, linguistic metaphors, materiality, embedded technologies, performance characteristics, colour symbolism
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 28781
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:54

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