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Author Chapman, Robert, 1949- author
Title Evidential reasoning in archaeology / Robert Chapman and Alison Wylie
Imprint London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  CC75.7 C466 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001241157
 Ethnology Library  CC75.7 .C53 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020861762
Descript ix, 254 pages ; 23 cm
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Series Debates in Archaeology
Debates in archaeology
Note "How do archaeologists work with the data they identify as a record of the cultural past? How are these data collected and construed as evidence? What is the impact on archaeological practice of new techniques of data recovery and analysis, especially those imported from the sciences? To answer these questions, the authors identify close-to-the-ground principles of best practice based on an analysis of examples of evidential reasoning in archaeology that are widely regarded as successful, contested, or instructive failures. They look at how archaeologists put old evidence to work in pursuit of new interpretations, how they construct provisional foundations for inquiry as they go, and how they navigate the multidisciplinary ties that make archaeology a productive intellectual trading zone. This case-based approach is predicated on a conviction that archaeological practice is a repository of considerable methodological wisdom, embodied in tacit norms and skilled expertise--wisdom that is rarely made explicit except when contested, and is often obscured when questions about the status and reach of archaeological evidence figure in high-profile crisis debates"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-242) and index
Introduction: The Paradox of Material Evidence -- Archaeological Evidence in Question : Working between the Horns of a Dilemma -- Archaeology Fieldwork : Scaffolding in Practice -- Working with Old Evidence -- External Resources : Archaeology as a Trading Zone -- Conclusions: Reflexivity Made Concrete
Subject Archaeology -- Methodology
Archaeology -- Fieldwork
Material culture
Alt Author Wylie, Alison, author
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