Excavating Communities: Lewis R. Binford and the Interpretation of the Archaeological Record in Illinois

  title={Excavating Communities: Lewis R. Binford and the Interpretation of the Archaeological Record in Illinois},
  author={Thomas E. Emerson and Dale L. McElrath},
  journal={Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={244 - 265}
ABSTRACT Lewis Binford’s contributions to field archaeology have been largely ignored in favor of his many contributions to theoretical issues dominating the discipline of archaeology at the end of the twentieth century. We examine Binford’s excavation methods in southern Illinois in the early 1960s and demonstrate how his considered approach served to systematize large-scale site excavation procedures. He adopted the time-honored tool of the salvage archaeologist—heavy equipment—and… 


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