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Speculation Made Material: Experimental Archaeology & Maker’s Knowledge

Currie, Adrian (2021) Speculation Made Material: Experimental Archaeology & Maker’s Knowledge. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Experimental archaeology is often understood both as testing hypotheses about processes shaping the archaeological record and as generating tacit knowledge. Considering lithic technologies, I examine the relationship between these conceptions. Experimental archaeology is usefully understood via ‘maker’s knowledge’: archaeological experiments generate embodied know-how enabling archaeological hypotheses to be grasped and challenged, further well-positioning archaeologists to generate integrated interpretations. Finally, experimental archaeology involves ‘material speculation’: the constraints and affordances of archaeologists and their materials shape productive exploration of the capacities of objects and human skill in ways relevant to archaeological questions.


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Currie, Adrian
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Archaeology
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Currie
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 14:36
Item ID: 18870
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Archaeology
General Issues > Experimentation
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18870

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