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Lecture 3

Lecture 3 - Ch. 2, Paradigms for the Past

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University of Toronto St. George
Christopher Watts

Lecture 3Ch 2 Paradigms for the PastMonday September 26 2011610 PM Tutorials start this week Essay assignment handout has been posted in the Contents section of the course website Term Test 1 on Dec 5 will be held in EX200 255 McCaul Street from 68 pm Almost entirely MC around 50 questions maybe 5weekNext weeks reading is Boast 1997 A Small Company of Actors See website or syllabus for details So what is a paradigm A philosophical and theoretical framework within which theories laws and generalizations are formulatedeg paradigm Darwinian Evolutionscientific school Biology zoology etc So why study paradigms To understand the historical development of the disciplineTo understand epistemological bases for interpretationsBecause conceptual frameworks are inextricably linked to the doing of archaeology Key Paradigms in Archaeology Early Evolutionary Thought midto late 19th CCulture History after 1920Processualism after 1960PostProcessualism after 1980 Early Evolutionary Thought Tied to Victorian ideals eg scientific rationalism of the midto late 19th CThoroughly ModernThoroughly EurocentricoKey tenet Unilinear evolution Early Evolutionary ThoughtKey Works Lewis Henry Morgans Ancient Society 1877oUnilinear evolutionoSavagery Barbarism CivilizationoKey technological inventions were associated with each stage
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