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Title: Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice
Author: Jones, Andrew
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2001
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521790604
Volumes: 1; Pages: 222
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Contemporary archaeology is polarized between the technically competent excavators, who have sophisticated ways of recording, analyzing, classifying and describing their sites, and the social theorists, influenced by sceptical sociologies in science and cultural studies. This book defines the contours of each faction and argues that conflict between their aims and procedures is unnecessary. Andrew Jones instead emphasizes the process of interpretations, which is, in his view, the real concern of archaeologists.Contents1. The archaeology of 'two cultures'2. Science as culture: creating interpretative networks3. Archaeology observed4. Materials, science and material culture: practice and narrative5. Material culture and materials science: a biography of things6. A biography of ceramics in Neolithic Orkney7. Making people and things in the Neolithic: pots, food and history8. Before and after science.