Chapter 1: Reconsidering Fieldwork, an Introduction: Confronting Tensions in Fieldwork and Theory, by Hannah Cobb, Oliver Harris, Cara Jones and Phil RichardsonChapter 2: How to archaeologize with a hammer, by Geoff CarverChapter 3: Often Fun, Usually Messy: fieldwork, recording and higher orders of things, by Reuben ThorpeChapter 4: Where the rubber hits the road: a critical understanding of Archaeological Decision Making on Highways Projects in Ireland, by Brendon WilkinsChapter 5: An archaeology of many steps, by Marianne LönnChapter 6: Stepping into Comfortable Old Shoes: 'The Consequence of Archaeological Comfortability', by Cara Jones and Phil RichardsonChapter 7: Walking the Line Between Past and Present: 'Doing' Phenomenology on Historic Battlefields, by John Carman and Patricia CarmanChapter 8: The Struggle Within: Challenging the subject/object relationship on a shoestring, by members of the Ardnamurchan Transitions ProjectChapter 9: Through Many Eyes: A Non-Hierarchical Approach to Interpreting a Site In New Brunswick, New Jersey, by Rebecca YaminChapter 10: The Archaeology of the Aesthetic, by Mark Leone, Amelia Chisholm, Karen Engelke, Amelia Harris, Genevieve Kaplan, Jessica Mundt and Wendi PerryChapter 11: Commentary, by Sarah May
Digging, recording, and writing are the three main processes that archaeologists undertake to analyze a site, yet the relationships between these processes is rarely considered critically. Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork asserts that each of these processes involves at least a bit of subjective interpretation. As a group of archaeologists work together to reconstruct an objective view of the past, at a particular time, at a particular site, their field methods and subjective interpretations affect the final analysis.
This volume explores the important nature of the relationship between fieldwork, analysis, and interpretation. Containing contributions from a diverse group of archaeologists, both academic and professional, from Europe and the Americas, it critically analyzes accepted practices in field archaeology, and provide thoughtful and innovative analysis of these procedures. By combining the experiences of both academic and professional archaeologists, Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork highlights key differences and key similarities in their concerns, theories, and techniques. This volume will incite discussion on fundamental questions for all archaeologists, both old and new to the field.
Examines fundamental questions about archaeological interpretationCombines diverse contributions from academic and professional archaeologists, in the Americas and in EuropeProvides practical analysis of current archaeological practices