Theoretical Positions in Contemporary Archaeology


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Theoretical Positions in Contemporary Archaeology
The two most important theoretical positions reflected in contemporary archaeology are processual and post processual archaeology. Processual archaeology attempts to use the scientific method rigorously to deduce information about how items from the archaeological record were originally used. Post processual archaeology is largely a critique of the processual method, juxtaposing different methods of analysis, including feminist, cognitive, and contextual archaeology.
Processual archaeology used to be called the New Archaeology, which used specialists from other fields such as botany and chemistry to study ecosystems and natural environments. They wanted to get past just offering a set of...
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.....o clear timeline for when these two styles of archaeology will meld completely, there is no reason why they would not already be parts of the same puzzle in many archaeological scenarios, where the data is incomplete or in pieces. Eventually it is probably inevitable that these two approaches will become seamlessly unified, creating a science with a broader view, and more ways to see into the past.
Bapty, Ian. Yates, Tim.
1990 Archaeology after structuralism. London, Routledge.
2010 Post-processual archaeology. Referenced 20 April 2010.
2010 Processualism. Referenced 20 April 2010.