16.277 the archaeological imagination?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Sat Oct 19 2002 - 04:25:14 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 277.
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             Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 09:08:49 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <w.mccarty@btinternet.com>
             Subject: archaeological imagination?

    I would be very grateful for any recommendations of writings on what I am
    calling the "archaeological imagination". Logically this must overlap quite
    a bit with the historical kind, but I would suppose that because
    archaeology deals so much with objects, it requires different qualities of
    its imagination also. Something along the lines of Collingwood's
    discussions in The Idea of History would be just right, but I would also be
    interested to know how this imagination is cultivated, and whether anyone
    has written specifically about this aspect of the training of archaeologists.

    Tales are told about people who are extraordinarily good at sensing where
    to dig, for example. This suggests perhaps a highly developed visual
    imagination, which I'd guess an excavator is also much in need of once a
    site has been located. I am aware of computational tools for visualizing
    sites -- Richard Beacham's work with VRML comes to mind. But I'm really
    wondering about the qualities of mind, visual and other.

    Many thanks.


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