Forum ReSoc 27st June 2019
Featuring Christopher D. Buckley, Louise Iles & Valentine Roux
Panel Members Mark Pearce, Constance von Rüden & Thomas Stöllner
Moderation Yiu-Kang Hsu & Peter Thomas
Following Diane Lyons and Joanna Casey (2016), we discuss the role ethnoarchaeology has in developing, testing and building archaeological interpretation and how it produces rich ethnographic and material information to think about human-material relationships, not necessarily as analogies, but as empirical accounts of how culturally different people engage with the material in complex and variable ways.
Technological Innovation and its diffusion seen in archaeological record have been constantly associated with major societal changes over the course of human history. Inferring from material evidence, archaeologists have attempted to identify and characterize the emerging innovation in the past and making assumptions about how it took place and got dispersed. However, artefacts at best are snapshots reflecting an ultimate result rather than an exact process of technical choices. This shortcoming of archaeological enquiry runs a risk of making too much hypothesis about the technological change and its correlation with the transformation of society under study.
Ethnography, a specific subject of studying cross-cultural phenomenon of contemporary societies, has proven useful to delineate the structure of craft production and transmission that contribute to the understanding of technological change and stability (Lyons & Casey 2016). This forum sets up to focus on how ethnographic studies theorize complexity of chaîne opératoire (technical operations), the transfer of the technical tradition and ultimately how these combined factors influence the dynamic process of reception or resistance of innovation (Roux 2007). Although bridging the gap in the archaeological record is one main task of the forum, we do not content with finding analogies for archaeological application. In fact, we rather want to explore ways of thinking differently about how human engaged with technological transfer and to test and develop conceptual models in real time (Cunningham 2009).
13:30 to 13:40
13:40 to 14:00
Yiu-Kang Hsu & Peter Thomas, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
14:00 to 14:45
Valentine Roux, French National Centre for Scientific Research
14:45 to 15:30
Christopher D. Buckley, Independent Researcher, UK
15:30 to 16:15
Louise Iles, University of Sheffield
16:15 to 16:30
16:30 to 17:15
Christopher D. Buckley (Independent Researcher, UK)
Louise Iles (University of Sheffield)
Mark Pearce (University of Nottingham)
Valentine Roux (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Constance von Rüden (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Thomas Stöllner (Deutsches Bergbau-Museaum & Ruhr-University Bochum)
Moderation: Yiu-Kang Hsu & Peter Thomas
17:15 to 18:00
Questions and comments from the local audience.
Snack & Chat open to all participants
Cunningham, J. 2009. Ethnoarchaeology beyond correlates. Journal of Ethnoarchaeology 1 (2): 115–136.
Lyons & Casey. 2016. It’s a material world: the critical and on-going value of ethnoarchaeology in understanding variation, change and materiality. World Archaeology 48:5: 609–627.
Roux, V. 2007. Ethnoarchaeology: a non historical science of reference necessary for interpreting the past. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 14(2): 153–178.