Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

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ARCHÆOLOGICAL technique has been expounded lucidly and even vividly in several recent manuals. Atkinson, Cookson and Kenyon, Crawford and Wheeler have admirably explained how archæologists can identify, recover, record and conserve data for history. The methods and theories used in classifying such data and in extracting history from them have not been so comprehensively and systematically explained in any modern English book. Yet to interpret and even to recognize their proper data archæologists are forced to make certain. peculiar assumptions though these be seldom formulated explicitly; they have elaborated distinctive categories for their classification; they in fact employ--not always consistently--a whole assemblage of common words in highly uncommon specialized senses. Since 1946 I have been accustomed every alternate year to devote a course of lectures to the principles of archæological classification, the current terminology and the implicit interpretative concepts. The present book is based upon these lectures.

Its aim is to explain the words to which professional archæologists, like myself, do give technical meanings, the methodological hypotheses we invoke and the . . .

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