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The Quality of the Archaeological Record

Charles Perreault


Archaeologists routinely interpret the archaeological record in terms of microscale processes – individual-level processes that operate within the human lifespan. In embracing this goal, archaeologists have borrowed an agenda designed by, and for, disciplines that study humans in the present-time and use data with a quality that is orders of magnitude different than archaeological data. By forcing such an agenda on the record, archaeologists are offering explanations for the human past that are merely consistent with the record, instead of being supported beyond a reasonable doubt by a smoking ... More

Keywords: Equifinality, Underdetermination, Microscale processes, Macroscale processes, Macroarchaeology, Resolution, Site formation processes, Uniformitarianism, Epistemology, Cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226630823
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226631011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Perreault, author
Arizona State University