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16. Retrospect and Prospect in Regional Archaeology

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1. Title Title of document 16. Retrospect and Prospect in Regional Archaeology - Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Thomas Leppard; Rutgers University;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Alex Knodell; Carleton College; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) John F. Cherry; regional archaeology; future of archaeology; methodological transparency; theoretical flexibility; disciplinary crossover
5. Subject Subject classification archaeology
6. Description Abstract This concluding chapter situates the foregoing contributions in their wider disciplinary context and offers some suggestions on how archaeologists interested in regional studies of social complexity might look forward productively. We begin with a retrospective view of points of convergence and divergence in the chapters presented in this volume, focusing in particular how they contribute to past and ongoing debates in regional archaeology and studies of social complexity. Points of convergence include examinations of the role of the physical environment and material things in social interactions, as well as critical approaches to understanding the operation and maintenance of socio-political complexity. We see more divergent patterns in how scale is addressed, explicitly or implicitly, and in how comparison is attempted. The patterns witnessed here, we argue, in general reflect wider trends in archaeological thought. Finally, we turn to the future, suggesting that increasingly accessible technological and scientific developments will continue to have profound influence on the field. The nature and long-term effects of such innovations, however, are largely unpredictable. Rather than pointing toward unknown achievements of the future, we stress that the most valuable developments in this field moving forward concern methodological transparency, theoretical flexibility, and a critical, measured, and broadly engaged attitude toward collaboration, comparison, and disciplinary crossover.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30819
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity
16. Language English=en en
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