Andie passed this link along for a freely available paper: Archaeology and Knowledge: The History of the African Provinces of the Roman Empire
I’ve perused the first couple of pages and it’s fairly typical for the 1970s and early 1980s: What is archaeology anyway?
I begin with the proposition that archaeology is at best a methodol- ogy, and at worst a mere technique, by which we acquire a certain type of knowledge about the past.
Someone else once remarked that “Archaeology is what archaeologists do” or something to that effect. I’d never really looked into what classical archaeologists were doing with all the theoryfying that American and some Europeans were doing in the Great New Archaeology phase. Probably not sitting around contemplating the hypothetico-deductive model and nomothetic classifications. . . . .
Anyway, it’s being dumped to the ol’ iPad for further reading and I suggest y’all do something similar.