The Ontological Approach: Applying Social Theory to Physically Manifested Culture

Author(s): Jennifer Rogerson Jennings

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Reflections, Practice, and Ethics in Historical Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The design, integration, and accessibility of digitized collections allows one to determine a "things" meaning for themselves, instead of having to accept or deny the preexisting representation applied to said "thing." This will create possibilities of expanded representation for objects, cultures, and meaning itself. The missing component has been access to the cultural heritage devoid of the predetermined and associated meaning. Finally, this work is not designed to negate any of the previous theoretical notions used to derive anthropological meaning, it is purely here to augment and add to the investigative repertoire of both the researcher and the civilian. The creation of a tested and affordable digital integration methodology is not an atheoretical research approach, but is a modus operandi used to answer the looming theoretical ideas which exist within anthropological thought.

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The Ontological Approach: Applying Social Theory to Physically Manifested Culture. Jennifer Rogerson Jennings. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449078)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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