Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Archaeometric crisis in American archaeology?


Every several years, we see a cogent argument for the need for more archaeomety in archaeology.  A recent plea was made in the SAA Bulletin by David Killick, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and Paul Goldberg, Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University.  The article, entitled

A Quiet Crisis in American Archaeology

can be downloaded with the January 2009 issue of the SAS Bulletin.   You'll find this essay on page 6.  It focuses on issues of innovation, funding, eduction, and training. The poor showing of American archaeometry compared to the situation in Europe is lamented.

Photo: (a youthful?) David Killick
source: University of Arizona

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link! Enjoying the blog - good stuff :)
    Ruth

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  2. Though I should point out that the International Symposium on Archaeometry is being held in Tampa, Florida, this May, so there's hope that will have positive knock-on effects.

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