Anth3 Essay1

Anth3 Essay1 - Clinite 1-16-08 Unit 1 Essay Response Q#3 In...

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Clinite 1-16-08 Unit 1 Essay Response Q#3 In the world of archaeology, there is no black and white, especially concerning the many methods in which archaeologists complete their work. To some, archaeology may appear to be a science, while others feel it is a focus in humanities and social science. The branching of archaeologists into these different views has created two different popular methods; the processual approach and the post-processual approach. The scientific method is the backbone for processual archaeology. It builds on cultural materialism, emphasizing the importance of material items in reconstructing the past from the limited and scattered remains left. This method also remains scientific in explanation, testing hypotheses to determine the facts. Processual archaeology also remains neutral in the case of ethics and politics. In the post-processual approach, the scientific methods used in processual archaeology are critiqued. Post-processual archeology focuses on humanistic views, using deconstruction as a
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ANTH 3 taught by Professor Gifford-gonzales during the Winter '08 term at UCSC.

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