John Wood writes, "Hence why it is important to record and publish what you see as well as what you think you see!"
I totally agree. The first ("what you see") is what I have called 'indisputable facts on the ground'. While the second ("what you think you see") I have called 'interpretations of the facts'.
But here is the rub. Hard sometimes to recognize what is "interpretation" from what is "fact". Unless we actively and always also state clearly the assumptions we are making.
And who can best point to tacit assumptions? The true non-believer!
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Ice Age engravings found at Jersey archaeological site
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<pre style="font-size: 9pt;"><tt>>>On 11/3/15, Lynne Kelly <<a href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]</a>> wrote:
I work with museum
collections and have never seen anything
considered a cutting board nor ever
heard of such a thing in
discussion of Aboriginal tool kits. I can’t imagine
why they would
need one. I am married to an archaeologist who has also never
such a thing.
Perhaps all cutting surfaces have been
interpreted as art and hence
why there is nothing recorded as such.
an interesting phenomenon I have witnessed on a number of
relates to unusual finds. Someone uncovers a find or
feature to which there is
no obvious explanation. Everyone huddles
around trying to determine an answer.
Then someone comes up with the
notion that they have seen something vaguely
similar many years ago
and that might be what it is. This is then written down
on the context
sheet, or finds label, it ends up in the interim site report and
finally ends up in the published site report. Though there is
certainty that the interpretation is at all correct.
There is loads of
misinterpretation in archaeology often leading to
errors in subsequent research
especially in relationship with
Hence why it is important to
record and publish what you see as well
as what you think you see!
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