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Variahles, as important elemenrs in theories, alrnost always refer t dynamic phcnomcna or dynamic system-state properties, whieh can be JI " o' 4-'4-' "l'. Figure 1. Here we see a vcry interesting approach ro inference. Specifically, rhe reristics of rhe pasto Any synthesis of what IHe was like, or what the nature rniddle-range argument is thar if archaeological sircs exist dened by con- of the hominid niche consisted of during the early time rangcs.

Our picture of the past must be built hurnanizntion is thougbt ro be strengrhened, Iruerestingly, we already know up-synthesized, if you will-from the various indcpendcnrly justified read- that such sites existed. In addition, rhe dernonstrarion that sorne sites were ings, oc frameworks for inference, rhar we might obrain frorn the archae- 11m home bases in no way disproves the existence of home bases themsclves, ological remains, using our instruments for measurement.

We havc here a stone tools and animal bones to rhe current conventional methods for in- middle-range procedure that is a complete taurology. The archaeological ference used by archaeologists, 1 seek to refine ways ro reduce ambiguity. This is not ioral background for animal bones utilized by mano scicnce. Minimally, science is the developmcnt of means whereby expcricnce As we all know, ro desire knowledge is not enough; we must have wirh thc world can be used as an arbiter, a means to evaluare our ideas and reliable ways of gaining new knowledge.

However, the snpulations of con- theorics. Isaac has often reiterated his "theory" and his middle-range [ustifi- ventional intcrpretative methods are suspect as a basis for inference.

I have already questioned Binford b the accuracy of attriburing Approaches to Research al! I suggesred that Isaac had not treated very My job as a scientisr is simply ro be productively engaged in the pursuit attalytically the possibility of orher active agents operating in the past so as of knowledge. We might cven say that the man was the only formanve agent. Mine was an early challenge, though pursuir of knowledge requires the identification of ignoran ce.

Given such a other scientists also had proposed the possibiliry rhat orher agents rnight recognirion. OUT goal beeomes the transformation of ignorance iota a better- have. This is a very big arder indeed. How If Wt' are rC;llly going to test theodes abollt the causes for, or the do we go ahollt aecomplishing such a seemingly miraClllolls transforma hehavioral contcxts of, our l'vnlution, we must 1ll0VC lO the challenging task tion? In addition, I am concerned with reducing the arnhigllity home bases are indecd unambiguous and are justified independent1y of rhe that might surround certain types of potentially relevant observations.

In short, 1 scek one form of ciation of bOlles and sHme tools. To him, the hOllc-stonc assoeiation means Whcn Ilcarned archacology, the convcntions used for assigning mcan- home bJses-or, as he is currcntly discu5'iing it, support for the "central ing to archacological obscrvations wefe not generally undt'T invesrigatlon.

The only duma in abollt v. Archaeologists acknowledged that duet the rcscarch necessary 10 diagnose quite direetly the dynamic charac- we needed to know more about this time period or this region or that ro fill. Problcm, Approachcs. Thc pasr established rhar there are no rules rhat ensure accurare inductive arguments. I argued that the conventions of rhe dav were most likely eye out for implications from experience for the ideas onc is working witb. The death of an estahlished scicnce occurs when intcrprerarive conven- Later Bmford , I strongly criticized man ' suggestions as to how tions are adopted and used as if.

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In that book, I investigatcd manv convcn- edgc. It is assumcd that the Iinkagc bcrween one thing the tional'wisdom fjnm the perspective of new knowledge and insights rl'garding cause Jlld 3norher rhe eHect is unambiguollS nothing cisc ould equally the roleof :lil'imals ns eontributors to deposits in which hominid materials Iead to the effect as observed , or the relationship is Ilecessary the cause were also found. Howcver, such a judgment can knowledge. In eHect, we succeed in book. Ihis is commonly how we used in judging the truth of arguments. Bur this simply cannot be done.

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We must identifI' arcas of suspected ignorJnce cited as a WarrJnt for helieving thcm. Problem, Approachcs. I do not see, for instance, Sprth J l mean a skepricisrn regarding whar we can know-there, we mus! Ir is c1ues t what we do nor know that provide rhe ing. My original plan was 10 perform comparative studies of separa te spe- goals for structuring a research program aimed at reducing OUT ignorance.

If wc acccpt rhis general proposition, rhcrc are orher implica- subspeeific "racial" conditions thar might conccivably affccr economic tions of importauce. This poinr cannot be viduals from differcnt species ro determine how variable species were in ovcrcmphasized. Needless ro say, more studies of economic anatomy are certainly through rhe observatian of three animals-twa sheep and one caribou. I cal1ed for, hur we cannot really judge how to conciuet sueh studies until we rhen indicated how sueh faets could be used in the deve10pmenr of inferen- gain so me appreciation for the "grain" or degrec of specificity at which tial Illcthods for giving Illcanings to anatomil.

Ir is only through the use of "knowlcdge by archaeologists. Thus rny arguments using these "facts" to establish of the moment" rhat we gaio sorne appreciation o how hest 10 proceed in important potcnti;ll roles for stH:h bcts in serving tlll' rl'sc,lfcb l11l'thodology our 5l:an. The Critics have suggested rhat my three animals were certainly an insuffi- reader will thus find me periodically appealing te ethnographic or ego- cient samplc to cstablish accurateiy the relative economic values for ana- graphic analogy, and employing anecdotal justifieation for aceepring sorne tomical parrs of either caribou or sheep, much Icss other species.

I shall also generalize from smal1 samples and ccrtainly in agrecment with rhis criticismo A critic may then ask why I was even use poorly controlled observations as operatonal knowledge.

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These willing to build sm:h cxrensive arguments on such an admittedly poor sam- are al1 appeals to and a use of knowledge of rhe moment, which is quite pie. The answer is rathcr simple: when I sraned the research, 1 had ooly a variable in quality and quantity. As a sideline ro this research, I health skepticisrn. The argumcnts rhat inductivcly go beyond rhis grounding became ncreasingly impressed with how sueh secmiogly narrow-focused supply the intellecrual stimulation for the skeptical evaluation of our preseot bcts, using the relative valucs generalized frOIll a sarnple of only three knowledge.

Similarly, the inductive extension of argumenr frequently leads. This intellectual use tive trap of stcrile conventionalisrn that has, I fear, dominated mueh of the of knowlcdge of the rnoment in argumrnr provides the imperus for skeptics' history of the sciencc uf archaeology. Eithcr way wc win, bccausc the pursuir of knowledge itself is our long-rango goal. As ncw knowlcdge aud undersranding are generated by [he intellectual frame- The Research Tactics: Where Do We Seek work, rhe paradigm that guidcd the growrh of knowledge will alrnost cer- Insights?

Only by overstepping rhc sccurc knov v ledge of the moment can wc inductively generare a new This volume is-abour. How do wc do t!

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In thar siruanon I could quite directly study thc relationships prcheusivc "cmpincal lavvs" that would eventually fit inro an accumularing hctwecn rhe dynamics and the sta tic byproducts remaining from various hody of "truth't-c-which eould he regarded as a cornpreheusive and inre- scavcnging tactics.

Unforrunarely, I know of no opportunincs for doing rhis.

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I musr it demanded thar WL' keep on making observations, prcsumably improving fal! Nevcrtheless, when the risk rakers 11 amI I start here by seeking out an archacologiCJ. SUl"h p;,lttl'Tning m,lY be in sueh propcrries as breakagc, of rhe growth of knowlcdgc; they generally try ro knock down rhe new inflicred marks, and evidt:nce of animal gnawing. Obviollsly, I do not know argument by shmving rhat its grounding is weak. Yes, rhe grounding may be what scavenging looks Iike when manifested archaeologically. That is the viral issuc. Clearly, wc must be willing to use rhe available knowl- prcvailing rhcorics is l10t an attitude of rejeetion.

Ir is flOt a posture of cdge, no matter how Iimited ir may be: otherwise wt' will nc. No, a healrhy skerticism is a provoca ti ve case. In short, I eould work haek alld fonh, using my kllowlcdgc ro guidc our skepticism has idenrified as perhaps inadeqllate al' amhiguous because my observariolls.

The initial rask, therefore, is [Q find a provocative fauna-a fauna inside thc rockshelrers at Klasies River Mouth. Thns this site is almost characrenzed by a head-and-lower-legs pattern of anatomical-parr domi- certainly not a large-mamrnal kili site.

Adding to thc intcrcsr is the fact thar nance. Klcin has noted the same body-size-related partcrn of bias at other sites In , Richard Klein published a description 01 the launa from equally difficult ro view as kili sites. One of the interesting features of the interpreration flies in the face of what we know. Thereforc we have a chance fau;'a described by Klein was the differenria! Klein introduced ao argument to "ex- Discovery commences with rhe awarcness of anomalj-, i. It rhen continues wirh a more or less extended exploranon of rhe area of anomaly. And ir clases only when rhe paradigrn rheorv has he!

I believe th'J! Y" was rhar other t Iy they postulered rhat humero; were likely ro bnng heme srTiaUe.. In documennng the operanon of rhe "schlepp effect" at larly p. First, rhese assemblages werc historically far cnough re- moved from the Olduvai materials that no amOllnt of advocacy one way or l"i che mt'a1? If scavenging could be sustained as the pro- particllbrly pp. Klasies River see also Kehoe ; T.

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White 1' This ohserviltion tilkes on an :ldded inrerest when it is rt'cognin'd lh;1t the pattcrning so frequent! It is further inreresnng rhat the e1and rernains belong overwhelrningly to. Klein This general picture of rhe patterning observed for the Klasies River Mouth fauna is reiterated Klein b with the added suggestion that hunting by man might be a contributing factor to rhe exrinction of sorne African Klasies River Mouth: A Provocative Case specres. During rhc ininal evcavatinn and prc1iminary rcportiug phase of rhe work at Klasies River, severa!

The excavators saw no evidencc for major interruptions in the use of the site spanning very long periods of time, lending thcm to suggest rhat occupation had been essentially a "permanent settlcmcnt.


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One of the common generalizations The South African region is one of the few areas in the world where found in the literature prior to Klein's work at Klasies River was that the thcre are well-studied faunal assemblages frorn a wide variety of archae- systematic exploitation of aquatic resources was a phcnomenon that carne ulogical sitcs. This rcrnatknblc and admirable siruation is largcly the con se- qucncc of thc dcdication of a single rcscarchcr, Richard Klcin, of thc De- partment of Anthropology, Univcrsity of Chicago.

A significant result of these efforts has been Klein's recognition of -,, YIC- ing up of intcrpretative arguments.