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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 36. What is Post-Processual Archaeology?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27885


Post-Processual Archaeology, initially a response to what were seen as the shortcomings of processual archaeology, is not a singular theoretical approach or methodology, but rather a range of interpretive alternatives in archaeological explanation. These approaches typically aim to be reflexive (the researcher is aware of his/her own perspective), context-directed, and critically aware of issues such as subjectivity, agency, identity, ideology, and power dynamics.

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  • Sarah Costello ( - scostello) 'University of Houston '