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Investigating the OrdinaryEveryday Matters in Southeast Archaeology$
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Sarah E. Price and Philip J. Carr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400219

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400219.001.0001

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Why the Archaeology of Everyday Matters?

Why the Archaeology of Everyday Matters?

(p.1) 1 Why the Archaeology of Everyday Matters?
Investigating the Ordinary

Sarah E. Price

Philip J. Carr

University Press of Florida

This chapter functions as an introduction to the volume; it highlights previous, related work and argues why using the “everyday” as a guiding theme is useful. The idea of “everyday matters” has two meanings: either it can refer to daily concerns or events that are common and ordinary or it can demonstrate that actions which occur daily or “every day” are of significance, that such actions matter. Because, from an archaeological perspective, common concerns reveal something about the lives of the people we investigate, we propose that the archaeological record is formed on a daily basis. Thus, while fostering a degree of holism in archaeology, an everyday framework allows specialists to remain specialized. Used in a myriad of ways, this framework broadens perspectives; posits new questions; presents testable hypotheses; and, perhaps because it operates on a shared scale, brings some level of consilience to southeastern archaeology.

Keywords:   Holism, Consilience, Everyday framework, Daily concerns, Archaeology, Archaeological specialization

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