Ethnoarchaeology Beyond Correlates
Author(s): Jerimy J Cunningham
In this article, I overview ethnoarchaeology's historic relations to positivism and argue for an explicit redefinition of how we understand the sub-discipline's core objectives. The New Archaeology and, to a lesser extent, Behavioral Archaeology charged ethnoarchaeology with producing "middle range theories" made up of "behavioral-material correlations" that would facilitate archaeological testing. I propose instead that we reaffirm ethnoarchaeology's ties to analogical reasoning by viewing it as a source-side "tack" within archaeology's emerging post-positivist epistemology. As a tack, ethnoarchaeology finds its primary role in the production and assessment of the background knowledge that archaeology uses to interpret the past. I suggest that the use of ethnographic engagements to assess archaeology's interpretive principles makes the subfield complementary with various forms of alternative and indigenous scholarship.
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Ethnoarchaeology Beyond Correlates. Jerimy J Cunningham. Ethnoarchaeology. Journal of Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Experimental Studies. 1 (2): 115-136. 2009 ( tDAR id: 423189)
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