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Theories - Theories: Low level theories are the...

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Theories: Low level theories are the observations that emerge from the basic archaeological fieldwork: the actual “data” or “facts” of archaeology High level (or general) theories are the broad, overarching research strategies Middle range theories show how the high and low level theoretical extremes are brought together. By conducting so-called middle- range research, archaeologists are generating the knowledge necessary to relate the world of archaeology facts to the world of general behavioral theory The problem is that facts never speak for themselves; facts are known specific observations. The facts of archaeology are contemporary observations made on the material remains of the past Archaeology requires external input from today’s behavioral world in order to bridge the gap between these contemporary observations and past behavior o Try to explain exactly what you’re finding Input from contemporary anthropological observations supplies the bridging gap o Sometimes works sometimes doesn’t o Ask people living in the area what they know
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course ANTH 118 taught by Professor Blomster during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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