16.285 the archaeological imagination

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Date: Tue Oct 22 2002 - 01:16:43 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 285.
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             Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 06:13:18 +0100
             From: Patricia Galloway <galloway@gslis.utexas.edu>
             Subject: Re: 16.277 the archaeological imagination?

    Professionally-trained archaeologists take a dim view of intuitional
    site-finding and tend to depend upon various methods of remote sensing
    (from satellites to magnetometers) as well as historical evidence. They
    also take a dim view of hacking around to find gorgeous objects at the
    expense of a whole site-full of vernacular architecture, rubbish pits,
    and broken pottery, which can yield far more information. Classification
    activities tend to use numerical taxonomy. VR reconstructions are
    generally done very much after the fact and on the basis of measurements
    made on the ground, and are always plainly labelled as reconstructions.
    See Clive Orton's various works for the basics. Pattern-finding has by
    now been so objectified that an archaeologist doesn't have to be
    especially gifted with some special sense to do good work.
    Pat Galloway

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