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A Critique of Archaeological Reason: Structural, Digital and Philosophical Aspects of the Excavated Record

Giorgio Buccellati
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107046535, 110704653X, 9781107665484, 1107665485
Summary
"The inquiry into the nature of archaeology and its theoretical presuppositions leads to unexpected results. The question about its nature is a question about distinctiveness: what is unique about the discipline that sets it apart from the others? The question about theoretical presuppositions relates to the conditions that make this distinctiveness possible: what is the frame of reference within which such uniqueness can best be understood? Unexpected results emerge when one sees archaeological reason emerge as an independent dimension of human reason and become a mode of thought. As such, it affects the way in which we view reality, so that the theoretical presuppositions loom even larger, and require a correspondingly fuller elaboration"--
Contents
  • Part I. Fundamentals
  • Archaeology and grammar
  • Categorization
  • The search for objectivity
  • Part II. Analysis
  • Stratigraphic analysis
  • Typological analysis
  • Integrative analysis
  • Part III. The Reassembled Construct
  • The invention of a site
  • The physical record
  • The referential record
  • Part IV. The Privileged venue
  • Digital thought
  • Digital text
  • The archaeological record
  • Part V. The Wider Frame
  • The relevance of structure
  • The critical approach
  • Hermeneutics.
Description
xviii, 392 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 358-375) and index.
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