Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology is a
guide for the design of archaeological experiments for both
students and scholars. Experimental archaeology provides a unique
opportunity to corroborate conclusions with multiple trials of
repeatable experiments and can provide data otherwise unavailable
to archaeologists without damaging sites, remains, or artifacts.
Each chapter addresses a particular classification of material
culture-ceramics, stone tools, perishable materials, composite
hunting technology, butchering practices and bone tools, and
experimental zooarchaeology-detailing issues that must be
considered in the development of experimental archaeology projects
and discussing potential pitfalls. The experiments follow coherent
and consistent research designs and procedures and are placed in a
theoretical context, and contributors outline methods that will
serve as a guide in future experiments. This degree of
standardization is uncommon in traditional archaeological research
but is essential to experimental archaeology.
The field has long been in need of a guide that focuses on
methodology and design. This book fills that need not only for
undergraduate and graduate students but for any archaeologist
looking to begin an experimental research project.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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