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Evolutionary v Interpretaive archaeology....
#21
Here, here,

...and the realisation that theory is influenced by ourselves is in itself one of the most important thing to consider as we look at socities in the past!
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#22
archie Wrote:Here, here,

...and the realisation that theory is influenced by ourselves is in itself one of the most important thing to consider as we look at socities in the past!

surely is is more than influence, theory is a philosophy for understanding our world and we do more than consider our own state because we should temper everything we say with this knowledge
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#23
Indeed we all have and need models to understand the world. However your model may not be mine nor should we ever assume that our own models are applicable to all societies & people. There may be societies (and people) whose world view suggests that archeaology is pointless. For me personally archaeology is a basic need but only becasue I have all the basic necessities of life to hand take those away and I might think very differently.:face-stir:
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#24
Waaaay too deep for me on a Friday...:face-thinks:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Merlot in one hand, Cigar in the other; body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO HOO, what a ride!
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#25
Wax Wrote:Indeed we all have and need models to understand the world. However your model may not be mine nor should we ever assume that our own models are applicable to all societies & people. There may be societies (and people) whose world view suggests that archeaology is pointless. For me personally archaeology is a basic need but only becasue I have all the basic necessities of life to hand take those away and I might think very differently.:face-stir:

ergo: you have a basic need for a theoretical model by which you can understand your world
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#26
The two 'sides' staged a 'debate' at the York TAG session (quite a few) years ago. With apologies to the debators, it wasn't the most edifying discussion I seem to recall, largely harking back to the science/anti-science guff from around 1990 when both sides set up straw men and argued against those instead of actually trying to comprehend what the other side was really saying.
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#27
I think the volume that Kevin has brought up is based on a more recent series of discussions, which I think is good because theories develop, especially in their application over time....it might not have been the same debate as it was at TAG all those years ago
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