Seeing things: perception, experience and the constraints of excavation
Bradley, R. (2003) Seeing things: perception, experience and the constraints of excavation. Journal of Social Archaeology, 3 (2). pp. 151-168. ISSN 1469-6053
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Recent attempts to problematize archaeological fieldwork concerned with excavation at the expense of surface survey, and with questions of procedure more than interpretations of the past. In fact these two kinds of fieldwork offer quite different possibilities and suffer from different constraints. Thought must be given to ways in which they can be combined if they are to make a real contribution to social archaeology. The argument is illustrated by a project carried out at a megalithic cemetery in Scotland.