Testing Eventful Archaeologies: Eventful Archaeology and Volcanic “Disasters”

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Abstract

This chapter argues that the eventful paradigm is of limited use to the archaeological researcher and contends that it is little more than a modern reinterpretation of determinism. The chapter uses volcanic eruptions on a number of scales to illustrate the dangers of adopting an eventful research paradigm and argues instead for a more nuanced approach based on research hypotheses that acknowledge how little we actually know of the past, human response, and its context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEventful Archaeologies
Subtitle of host publicationNew Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record
EditorsDouglas J. Bolender
PublisherState University of New York Press
Pages177-185
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1-4384-3423-5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010

Publication series

NameThe Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series
PublisherState University of New York Press

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