The Handbook of Material Culture provides a critical survey of the theories, concepts, intellectual debates, substantive domains, and traditions of study characterizing the analysis of "things." This cutting-edge work examines the current state of material culture as well as how this field of study may be extended and developed in the future.

Chapter 26: Present to Past: Ethnoarchaeology

Present to Past: Ethnoarchaeology

Present to past: Ethnoarchaeology

Ethnoarchaeology is a sub-field of archaeological research concerned primarily with investigation of the role of material culture and the built environment within living societies, and the processes which effect and affect their transformation to archaeological contexts. The ultimate objective of such research is to improve methods and procedures of archaeological inference, and particularly the use of analogical reasoning. A wide range of subject matters has been examined by ethnoarchaeologists, including different technologies of artefact manufacture; the nature, meaning and spatial consequences of artefact discard; the social and symbolic structuring of space; the locus and meaning of artefact style; and processes of site maintenance, abandonment and decay. This chapter examines the origins and development of ethnoarchaeology as a distinct ...

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