Archaeological material remains and archaeological records of the past are the main sources of archaeological research. Growing ranges of methodological tools now help to interpret that record. The way in which we use these methods to define and decode the past predetermines the way in which the scientific goals of our research agendas are achieved. New research questions in archaeology go far beyond those posed using traditional methods of analysis and treatment of material cultural remains. An absence of evidence is no longer considered evidence of absence. Research now seeks to identify the potential cultural ‘presence’ behind absence in the record. Using new techniques, new analytical equipment and new procedures, in appropriate theoretical frameworks and contextual proxies, archaeological research continues to refine its interpretation of the past.
This theme is inviting sessions dealing with technology, survey, typology, statistics, ethnoarchaeology, geoarchaeology and other scientific applications to the research of archaeological evidence and artefacts. It is also a call for papers that address new questions to the technological records now available to research. What is sought is a diachronic perspective that reflects new methods of decision-making in research strategies and our understanding of social agency in archaeology. This theme seeks to address our cognitive and post-processual reading of the past as a tool in defining ‘artefact’ and biography, and informing our creation of narratives.
SESSIONS FOR THIS THEME
Bothered by bog bodies