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Everyday Life MattersMaya Farmers at Chan$
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Cynthia Robin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044996

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044996.001.0001

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Methods for a Critical Archaeology of Everyday Life

Methods for a Critical Archaeology of Everyday Life

(p.67) 4 Methods for a Critical Archaeology of Everyday Life
Everyday Life Matters

Cynthia Robin

University Press of Florida

Because data and theory are mutually implicated, critical everyday life thinkers are as much concerned with methods as they are with theory. They constructively combine empirical and theoretical work. From a methodological perspective, an everyday life approach is quite suitable to archaeological inquiry due to the material and spatial nature of the archaeological record. Chapter 4 is the first chapter to begin an in-depth exploration of the research at the Maya farming community of Chan as the project designed research and collaboration and developed methods for an archaeological inquiry into everyday life. This chapter explores the importance of methodological issues such as horizontal excavations of the contexts of everyday life, investigation of the vast expanses of open spaces that are locations for daily interactions, and engaging new scientific analyses that are revealing ever more detailed information on past daily life. It also highlights the equally critical role that collaboration plays in everyday life research, both multidisciplinary research collaboration that develops robust and independent multiple lines of evidence about past everyday life and collaboration with local communities that can challenge and transform existing research frameworks.

Keywords:   everyday life, archaeology, archaeological methods, collaborative research, community archaeology, Maya, Chan

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