A bold new method of theorizing about the prehistoric past
Scientific Method in Archaeology
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James A. Bell
Reevaluating the method of scientific investigation, James A. Bell provides a bold philosophical framework for developing and assessing archaeologists' theories of the past. More informed and judicious decisions, the author asserts, are made when archaeologists explore questions such as:
With numerous examples from archaeology as well as comparative examples from the physical and biological sciences, Bell illustrates how exploring the answers to these and related inquiries will lead to improved formulation and testing of theories.
Part I: The Context and the Issues
Part II: The Philosophical and Methodological Roots
Part III: Individualism and Cognitive Archaeology
James A. Bell is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of South Florida.