Picking the Lock of Time : Developing Chronology in American Archaeology

Picking the Lock of Time : Developing Chronology in American Archaeology

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 208 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780813026787
  • DDC分類 973.11

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This collection of seven papers, with an introduction, originated at a symposium at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held at Philadelphia in 2000, which argued that it is essential for archaeologists to understand the history of their discipline in order to progress. Written entirely from an American perspective, with an emphasis on Americal archaeological strategies, the papers discuss: the development of chronological methods; the development of American stratigraphic excavation methods; Wissler's gyroscope; Nels Nelson and the measure of time; Leslie Spier; George Langford at the Fisher site in the Mid-West; dendrochronology.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables                         vii
Preface ix
1. Introduction 1 (8)
James Truncer
2. The First New Archaeology and the 9 (13)
Development of Chronological Method
Robert C. Dunnell
3. Origins of Americanise Stratigraphic 22 (18)
Excavation Methods
David L. Brownian
4. Wissler's Gyroscope: Contexts for the 40 (24)
Chronological Revolution
James E. Sneal
5. Nels Nelson and the Measure of Time 64 (24)
Michael J. O'Brien
6. Leslie Spier and the Middle Atlantic 88 (16)
Revolution That Never Happened
James Truncer
7. George Langford at the Fisher Site, 104(36)
1924-1929: Pioneer Stratigraphic Studies in the
Midwest
Andrew L. Christensen
8. Not So Talkative Tree Rings: Why Did 140(19)
Archaeologists Wait for an Astronomer to
Establish Tree-Ring Dating?
Stephen E. Nash
List of Contributors 159(2)
Index 161