Classifications are central to archaeology. Yet the theoretical
literature on the subject, both in archaeology and the philosophy
of science, bears very little relationship to what actually occurs
in practice. This problem has long interested William Adams, a
field archaeologist, and Ernest Adams, a philosopher of science,
who describe their book as an ethnography of archaeological
classification. It is a study of the various ways in which field
archaeologists set about making and using classifications to meet a
variety of practical needs. The authors first discuss how humans
form concepts. They then describe and analyse in detail a specific
example of an archaeological classification, and go on to consider
what theoretical generalizations can be derived from the study of
actual in-use classifications. Throughout the book, they stress the
importance of having a clearly defined purpose and practical
procedures when developing and applying classifications.
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William Y. Adams
• Ernest W. Adams
||229 x 153 x 27mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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