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Describing and interpreting the past : European and American approaches to the written record of the excavation

Author: Cătălin Pavel
Publisher: Bucureşti : Editura Universitǎţii din Bucureşti, [2010]
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Archaeology has an ethic dilemma at its root--quite simply, if excavation is destruction, what, if any, can be its justification? Such a line of thought, with its champions and chastisers, is that even if the excavation physically destroys the site, it compensates for this by re-creating, by means of symbolic models and narratives, the historical sequence whose witness and result was the site itself.--From publisher  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cătălin Pavel
ISBN: 9789737378811 9737378814
OCLC Number: 706693042
Description: 261 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Contents: Why record archaeological excavations --
A history of archaeological recording --
Recording: between interpretation and description --
Archaeology: the valuable destruction --
Computers in archaeology: copy/paste the past --
The Harris matrix: the democratization of stratigraphy --
Archaeological reasoning --
Case studies: context sheets and other pro forma --
Assessment of pro forma usage on stratigraphic excavations --
Final word.
Responsibility: Cătălin Pavel.

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Archaeology has an ethic dilemma at its root--quite simply, if excavation is destruction, what, if any, can be its justification? Such a line of thought, with its champions and chastisers, is that even if the excavation physically destroys the site, it compensates for this by re-creating, by means of symbolic models and narratives, the historical sequence whose witness and result was the site itself.--From publisher description.

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context sheets and beyond

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Sixty case studies of archaeological recording are presented with commentary from methodological and epistemological perspectives. Procedures and pro forma used by teams from around the world, working at sites in the US, Europe and the Near East are compared with an aim to further the development...
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