|Excavated house at Calixtlahuaca|
Today this paper was posted online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
Smith, Michael E., Gary M. Feinman, Robert D. Drennan, Timothy Earle, and Ian Morris
2012 Archaeology as a Social Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:(published online).
I have posted the paper here. || There is some ASU publicity about the paper here.
We argue that because of recent fieldwork and methodological advances, archaeology is now starting to contribute knowledge to the social sciences beyond anthropology. We illustrate this point with several examples:
- Early village society
- Cities and urban planning
- States and markets in deep history
- Standards of living.
These are topics covered to some extent by various social sciences (economics, political science, historical sociology, urban studies), and for each, archaeologists now have data that relate to current concerns in those fields.
This is a topic I've blogged about before, for example:
Spatial order, visual order, and urban planning
Are shantytowns a normal form of urban residence?
If you want a copy of the PNAS paper, CLICK HERE.