Artifacts & Ideas: Essays in Archaeology


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Prehistoric archaeologists cannot observe their human subjects nor can they directly access their subjects' ideas. Both must be inferred from the remnants of the material objects they made and used. In recent decades this incontrovertible fact has encouraged partisan approaches to the history and method of archaeology. An empirical discipline emphasizing data, classification, and chronology has given way to a behaviorist approach that interprets finds as products of ecologically adaptive strategies, and to a postmodern ...

Artifacts & Ideas: Essays in Archaeology 2007, Routledge

ISBN-13: 9781412806503

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