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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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The Everyday Archaeologist Matters

The Everyday Archaeologist Matters

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Investigating the Ordinary

Sarah E. Price

Philip J. Carr

University Press of Florida

Archaeology has many goals, and those goals may differ depending on your theoretical paradigm. These aims vary from bringing order to an incomplete and imperfect record of people in the past, to distilling the actions of the past in order to understand not only cultural changes but also the reasons those change occurred, to synthesizing this information to predict human behavior through laws, and to using the past to better the future of humanity. Thinking about the everyday broadens perspectives, posits new questions, presents testable hypotheses, and, perhaps because it is measured on a shared scale, brings some level of consilience to southeastern archaeology. In this chapter, the authors discuss three opportunities for making archaeology relevant: writing palatably, scaling interactions, and engaging people with their past by bringing archaeology into their everyday lives.

Keywords:   Consilience, Southeastern archaeology, Archaeology

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