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James Deetz

A historical Archaeologist who lived from 1930 to 2000.

A quote from Prof. Deetz:

My interest in historical archaeology, over the last thirty years and more, has been concerned with culture change -- how relationships perceived in the designs and forms of different sets of artifacts relate to organizing principles that tie a whole society together, and how, over time, these shift.

A quote Bradley Birt about Prof. Deetz's work:

The questions addressed by Deetz in his research are as follows: How are cultural changes expressed in the archaeological record? What can be derived from the archaeological record that was left out of the written record? ?How relationships perceived in the designs and forms of different sets of artifacts relate to organizing principals which tie a whole society together, and how over time these shift?



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