Archaeological Theory (Other Keyword)

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Archaeological Explanation: Progress Through Criticism. In: Theory and Explanation in Archaeology (1982)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jim Bell.

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Considering Seascapes, Waterscapes and the Relational (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Courtney Nimura. Liam Brady. Joakim Goldhahn.

This paper introduces some key themes for this session, and considers how seascapes and waterscapes relate to the many and varied people, things, and places with which humans live. While many aspects of the archaeological record can be interpreted as referencing the watery realm through association (e.g. shell middens) or visual cues (e.g. rock art), our goal with this session is not to focus on simply identifying these connections, but to interrogate the nature of these relationships – to...

Crescent Rockshelter (5Jf148) (1980)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Ford.

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The Deep Structure of Dependency: Relational data and heuristics in archaeology (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Angus Mol.

The last decade has seen a rise in archaeological studies addressing network concepts, models and dynamics. These studies cover a range of archaeological approaches and subdisciplines, from the conceptual, like Actor Network Theory (ANT) to the formalized, like Agent Based Modelling (ABM), as well as frameworks that have connected archaeological theory and network methods, like Knappett’s Archaeology of Interaction and Hodder’s Entanglement. What all of these studies have in common is an...

DINAA Means "Everybody Can Be a Digital Curator": Community-Powered Disciplinary Curational Behaviors with the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) (2016)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Joshua Wells. Eric Kansa. Sarah Kansa. David Anderson. Stephen Yerka.

This is a pdf copy of the PPT slides used for this presentation at the SAA symposium. The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) has a massive compilation of archaeological site data. This paper presents recent findings from development of DINAA’s site database, efforts to link DINAA with mined references from digital literature, and efforts to prepare DINAA for future crowd-sourced professional data citations. The continental United States spans eight million square kilometers,...

Edges of Teamwork in Archaeology:Network Approaches to Excavation Histories (2016)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Allison Mickel.

Network science has begun to transform how we view systems of people and objects in the archaeological past, but also provides new insight into how archaeologists collaborate to create the archaeological record. Using two longterm excavations as case studies-- Catalhoyuk in Turkey and the Temple of the Winged Lions in Petra, Jordan-- I demonstrate how network approaches help to visualize and measure teamwork on these archaeological sites. I identify how a person's position in formal site...

Embracing Anomalies to Advance Frontiers (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Nassaney.

The field of historical archaeology is indebted to its founders who charted a path for inquiry into the post-Columbian world. Among them was George Irving Quimby who developed a relatively robust database that he used to order sites chronologically in the western Great Lakes region. However, he struggled to rectify observations that contradicted his theoretical framework of acculturation such as the persistence of Native subsistence and settlement practices despite Native adoption of European...

Expanding the Dialogue: A Conversation Between Descendent and Archaeologist about Community, Collaboration, and Archaeology at Timbuctoo, NJ (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher P. Barton. Patricia G. Markert. Guy Weston.

Meaning is not monolithic. Presented here are different narratives on the interests of archaeologists and descendants. Focus is given to the African American community of Timbuctoo. This project, like many other attempts at community archaeology is not a story of unabated triumphs: rather, these narratives are about the challenges that can emerge through collaboration. This is not meant to demean collaborative archaeology, rather it is to underscore that through pragmatic discourse we can...

The Ghost of Functionalism (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Stephanie Miller.

This paper considers the assumptions, limitations, and greater implications that a theory of integration-disintegration has for analyzing social change across space and time. It reviews the historical foundations of the concept of integration as it emerged in enlightenment social theory and considers how the concept of integration has been repeatedly and uncritically co-opted into various discourses of archaeological theory. An alternative framework for thinking about social change will be...

Implementing Indigenous Frameworks towards the Archaeological Record: Issues, Instances, and Directions (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Bill Angelbeck. Chris Arnett.

While archaeology concerns a Western-derived discipline, the scope of its perspective is broadening. Here, we highlight Indigenous frameworks for the analysis and interpretation of archaeological data wherever there is direct historical and cultural continuity of people and place. To this end, we attempt to map out the contours for analyses using models and theory derived from oral traditions, language, and other schema from indigenous sources to explain patterning of artifacts and features of...

The materiality of emotion: Steps toward understanding affective experience in the South Andes (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth DeMarrais.

Anthropologists routinely acknowledge the affective significance of things. Display and use of objects (in rituals and performances) can evoke strong emotions. Elaborate objects may be used to forge consensus, to evoke memory, or to foster solidarity and express shared interests. Alternatively, displays may divide opinion, generating a diverse response. Understanding the role of emotions in the past is crucial, both for creating rich and nuanced pictures of past societies, as well as for...

New Insights at the Intersection of Historical Archaeology and the Archaeology of Religion (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alexandra McCleary.

An increasing number of archaeologists are arguing against the separation of ritual and religion as separate fields of study, favoring pragmatic combinations of theoretical criteria to advance more holistic understandings of the theory and practice of religion. Advancements in the archaeological study of religion have been spearheaded by archaeologists of ancient and pre-historic societies. In this paper, I will outline the potential contributions of historical archaeology to anthropological...

New Romantic Archaeology: radiocarbon revolutions and revolutions in understanding (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Seren Griffiths.

This presentation will reflect on the so called four ‘Radiocarbon Revolutions’ and their implications on archaeological narratives and theory generally, and Neolithic studies in Britain specifically. The timing of this reflection is critical given the implications of recent Bayesian analysis in order to produce precise, robust and probabilistic chronologies for parts of European prehistory. This paper will revisit the reactions to the initial radiocarbon revolutions by important theorists such...

Prehistoric Conflict Resolution: Archaeology’s unique position to address today’s problems. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Martin.

At the geographical interface between two cultures or worldviews, there are often found a hybrid or unexpected set of burial practices that mix ideas from each culture. This is the case for numerous prehistoric and historic cultures including the North American Hopewell and British Early Bronze Age, which will be examined here. However, if we look closely at these instances, there exists much more than just a borrowing of ideas. Amalgamations are often accompanied by acts of violence,...

Towards a Unified 'Heritage Ecology': Developing a Systems-Based Approach to Research in Archaeology and Heritage (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Lorey.

Archaeologists and researchers in heritage-based disciplines frequently study the complex interactions between human societies and natural environments. All too often, however, research proceeds from the premise that natural patterns, stressors and events promote direct cultural changes or adaptations on the part of human societies. Instead of perpetuating this linear and causal understanding of the relationships between nature and culture, this paper develops a new, holistic framework that...