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.
|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
|Date Deposited:||08 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2014 18:17|
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