Middle-Level Theory Archaeology

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SHORT ESSAY discusses Middle-Level theory and why it is the more reliable method in archaeology, especially in the context of the Hudson Meng Bison Bonebed.

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When archaeologists excavate a site, they often look at the newly discoveredartifacts and immediately attempt to discern their significance. If were lucky, theprovenience can make this task much easier. Oftentimes, however, we are strickenby mystery, which we sometimes try to solve with formal analogies and MiddleLevel Theory. According to Kelly and Thomas, formal analogies find similarities inthe formal attributes of archaeological objects and features. On the other hand,Middle-Level Theory is a more rigorous analogy linking archaeologicalobservations with human behavior or
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