TITLE

Archaeology: the most basic science of all

AUTHOR(S)
Embree, Lester
PUB. DATE
March 1987
SOURCE
Antiquity;Mar87, Vol. 61 Issue 231, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The last British minister of education refused ever to use the phrase 'social sciences', since these studies were so soft -- by comparison with the real hard sciences like physics -- they did not count to him as sciences at all. Archaeology, sometimes accepted as a social science, is often placed in the 'arts' departments of universities, a conventional word which nevertheless may suggest the creative arts, rather than an attempt at rigorous empirical research. Yet, ever since Sir John Lubbock (1865: 2) said of the new prehistory of the 1860s, 'a new Science has, so to say, been born among us', the aspiration of archaeology lo the status of a 'real science' has been a recurring theme within the subject. Meanwhile, its place in the academic pecking-order stays dismally low. Here a philosopher takes a fresh look al what sort of science archaeology adds up to.
ACCESSION #
22574337

 

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