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An examination of the different perceptions of the ‘archaeological record’

Ilhong KO 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The various approaches used to interpret the archaeological evidence are based on different perceptions of the archaeological record. This paper aims to examine the interpretative possibilities and limitations of culture-historical archaeology and the various approaches of processual (the New Archaeology, behavioral archaeology, and Darwinian evolutionary archaeology) and post-processual archaeology (contextual archaeology, phenomenological approaches to the landscape, and a ‘structuring’ archaeology) with focus on the way in which the archaeological record is perceived. In doing so, it is hoped that a better understanding of these approaches may be obtained, as well as the acknowledgement that, in the interpretation of a common data set, the dissimilar results produced by the various approaches should be regarded as being interpretations with different points of focus, rather than as being contrasting interpretations. It is suggested that this will help lay down the foundations for a more symbiotic relationship between the various archaeological approaches currently in use within Korean archaeology.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.