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Convention and lithic analysis
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
1998 (English)In: Third Flint Alternatives Conference at Uppsala / [ed] Lena Holm & Kjel Knutsson, Uppsala: Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia , 1998, 71-95 p.Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Given the notion of the scientific discource as a culture comparable to the world of social practices by wich we normally live, this culture might be seen as a structural process open to cultural critique by a defamiliarization process. This proces, t is stated, is initiated by a etrn to the conditions that helped to produce central categories that are recursively employed within the practice. It is further stated that, to be able to formulate a critique and a reconstruction of new, meaningful categories, it is important to de define the field of interest and to re-enact or re-live the conditions that can give meaning to this type of classification.

Using an example from lithic analyses in Scandinavia during the past tree decades, it is shown how a tradition of categorization of lithic artefacts based on flint assemblages in southernmost Scandinavia has ben recursively recreatedin scientific education and thus has taken thee form of a culture. This construction of a scientific culture has involuntarily been employed to depress the unique character of the north Scandinavian, non-flint assemblages and has structured the interpretation of the north Scandinavian hunter-gatherer societies as a whole.

By returning to the situations in which lithics are produced and used, it has been possible to break down the categories which served to disguise a meaningful pattern in the alte5rnative raw maerials and to further a new interpretation of therse materials in relation to their unique character.

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Uppsala: Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia , 1998. 71-95 p.
Keyword [en]
Lithic analysis, epistemology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-74562ISBN: 91-506-1267-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-74562DiVA: diva2:102472
Available from: 2005-10-12 Created: 2005-10-12 Last updated: 2011-01-25Bibliographically approved

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