ANT200Y1 Lecture Notes - Processual Archaeology, Lewis Binford, Archaeological Culture

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Term test 1 on dec. 5 will be held in ex200 from 6-8pm. Next week"s reading is boast (1997) a small company of actors . What is a paradigm: a philosophical and theoretical framework within which theories, laws, and generalizations are formulated, e. g. Why study paradigms: to understand the historical development of the discipline. What trajectory led archaeologists to discuss the past in a specific way: to understand epistemological bases for interpretations. Allows for contextual interpretation of past works (e. g. archaeological papers from the 60s-80s would possibly be written in the framework of processual archaeology: because conceptual frameworks are inextricably linked to the. Early evolutionary thought (mid to late 19th century) Early evolutionary thought: tied to victorian ideals (e. g. scientific rationalism" the world can be understood through scientific principles) of the mid to late. Though there were interests in the physical remains of old since ancient times, archaeology did not become a scholarly discipline until then: thoroughly eurocentric.

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