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Title: Arqueología etnohistórica
Contributor(s): Davidson, Iain (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: In this paper I explore the contrast between the approaches of Binford and Hodder to the use of ethnoarchaeology as a mean of interpreting the evidence of past behaviour. Using a semiotic approach. I identify that Binford was concerned with the discoveryof signs of behaviour which would serve as indices for the interpretation of archaeological evidence, Hodder. on the other hand, became preoccupied with the pervasiveness of symbols in the lives of his informants in Africa. Recognising that symbols are related to their referents both arbitrarily and through the cultural conventions of their creators. I argue that it is impossible to obtain indices of the significance of symbols such that we caninterpret those from the past. Using examples from my own work in Spain and in Australia, I show that it is. nevertheless possible to create historical accounts of the past. but that they will not necessarily be like historical accounts based on written texts.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Simposio Internacional Etnoarqueología de la Prehistoria, 2004, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, September 2004
Source of Publication: Etnoarqueología De La Prehistoria: Más allá de la Analogía, p. 257-271
Publisher: Impreso en Espana
Place of Publication: CSIC, Madrid
Field of Research (FOR): 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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