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  • ISBN: 9780226116563
  • ISBN10: 0226116565

What Is Archaeology? An Essay on the Nature of Archaeological Research

by Paul Courbin

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1988
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Preface to the English Translation Translator's Preface Introduction 1. The "New Archeology" The Founding Fathers A Prehistoric and Americanist Archaeology Traditional Archaeology as Seen by the New Archeology The New Archeology Compared with the "Old" The Philosophical Foundations of the New Archeology The Theoretical and Scientific Environment of the New Archeology The Objective of the New Archeology 2. The Hypothetico-deductive Method The Hypo-deductive Method The Validation of Hypotheses Protracted Amazement: The Nonvalidation of Hypotheses Pits and Pots Against Braidwood Against Bordes The American Disciples The English Renfrew and the Cyclades Traditional Validations Pseudovalidations Validations 3. Laws Laws Variations No Laws Mickey Mouse Laws Schiffer's Laws Critique Waste Products Law South's Law 4. Theories Theories Central Theory, Middle-Range Theory Read's Theory: Area of Habitation and Population Critique Binford and the Nunamiut Eskimo Against Yellen Critique 5. The Old Archaeology and the New: A Comparison of Results An Epistemological Failure The Essential Conclusions Their Character Their Solidity Their Interest The Results of Conventional Archaeology The Example of Nichoria 6. The Spirit and the Letter The State of Mind Sects Days of Contempt The Motivations Form References and Illustration A Cloud of Smoke 7. The Conned The "Conned" and Followers Critical Faculty Variability The Motivations 8. An Attempt at an Assessment An Acknowledgment of Failure Logical Reasons Philosophical Reasons 9. What Is Archaeology? What Archaeology Alone Can Do The Establishment of Facts Facts and Approaches to Problems Toward an Open Approach to Problems Against the Manipulation of Facts The Difficulties of Identification Archaeological Demonstration Induction A Return to the Facts 10. The Territory of Archaeology New Fields and New Problems Excavation Experimental Archaeology Archaeometry The Elaboration of Data Description Classification Quantification Processing by Computer 11. The Frontiers of Archaeology Anthropology or History? History and Liberty The Distribution of Roles Conclusion Abbreviations Notes Index
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