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3: Contemporary Archaeology (1960s and Beyond)
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- Explain what processual archaeologists thought was lacking from the classificatory-historical approach.
- Describe the integration of ethnographic techniques with archaeology.
- Explain the multiple approaches to analysis that arose from processual archaeology.
- Describe the basic principles of post-processual archaeology.
- Explain the goals of contemporary archaeology.
- 3.1: Evolution of Archaeology
- Franz Boas and the American archaeologists developed the classificatory-historical paradigm but it had its limitations. In the 1960s, archaeologists began to develop new approaches to address those limitations.
- 3.2: Archaeology Today
- Today both processual and post-processual paradigms are used in archaeological research. Both approaches contribute to meeting archaeology's one overarching goal: managing, conserving, and preserving the material remains of past societies for future generations.
- 3.3: Chapter Three Review
- Review important concepts and definitions of key terms.