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Take Five: The Unexpected in Historical Archaeology

Author(s): Anne Yentsch

Year: 2014

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Research leads down many paths, but some are less apparent than others. An analytical awareness takes one further, but awareness is not a hat that can be donned at will. It comes at odd times, often popping up when incongruities or inconsistencies’puzzles--are resolved. Solving a puzzle can be done deductively, but intuition plays a role. Revelations are sudden and unexpected. Five examples stand out in my own research: the male/female aspects of earth-toned and white pottery; turning a question on its head by putting women first; the unimportance of historical significance; the influence of trickle-up vs. trickle down in buying, cooking, and preparing food; and the anti-stove movement.


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Take Five: The Unexpected in Historical Archaeology. Anne Yentsch. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436888)


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PaperId(s): SYM-35,09

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America