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dc.contributor.authorJørgensen, Erlend Kirkeng
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-26T22:00:18Z
dc.date.available2015-08-26T22:00:18Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationJørgensen, Erlend Kirkeng. Publication trends and interdisciplinary collaboration across the archaeological science/humanities-divide: Investigations into the epistemological structure of the archaeological discipline. Master thesis, University of Oslo, 2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10852/45196
dc.description.abstractThe present master thesis is an article-based dissertation, comprising two individual research papers and an introductory essay. Both papers correspond to a shared set of overarching aims: 1. To investigate the composition and state of archaeological epistemology, focusing on comparability and integration between sub-fields of the archaeological discipline. 2. To better understand the potential impact of the science/humanities-divide upon archaeological practice in publishing and applied epistemology in research strategies. These aims are mostly examined separately in the two papers. When put together, the main ambition is to provide a deeper understanding of the relation between the structure and properties of archaeological epistemology and diverse practice (within archaeology and in interdisciplinary cooperation), as influenced by the science/humanities-divide. "Measuring incommensurability: A bibliometric inquiry into what papers are presented in archaeological journals (2009-13), and the epistemic consequences" This paper presents the results of bibliometric analyzes conducted on a data set consisting of 926 archaeological papers. The data comprises all original research papers published in six top ranking archaeological journals in the period 2009-2013. The included journals are taken to represent different sub-fields in archaeology: Historical, anthropological, social, scientific, environmental and general archaeology. The aim is to map general features of archaeological publishing. Significant differences are identified amongst the journals on an array of parameters, covering journal statistics, citation network, thematic distribution, the application of methods and the direction of relevance to other sub-fields. Furthermore, the paper engages in an extended discussion over the epistemological consequences of the bibliometric results, focusing on disciplinary fragmentation, incommensurability, vagueness and the purported significance of the science/humanities-divide. "Identifying key factors affecting the two cultures -relation of archaeology – Outlining a common epistemological platform for archaeology and archaeometry" In relating to the debate over the nature of archaeology along the science/humanities-spectrum, this paper seeks to understand some epistemological challenges arising from integrating scientific methodologies with archaeology. The main objective is to evaluate what epistemological platform might integrate archaeology and archaeometry in interdisciplinary research projects, and how such a platform might provide productive interdisciplinary research strategies. Four epistemic factors at individual levels are examined, consisting of 1) communication, 2) specialization, 3) explanatory ideals and 4) uncertainty levels and types. A model of interdisciplinary research strategies is put forth in order to cope with these epistemic challenges. The opposing results of stable isotope analysis and faunal remains regarding diet during the Mesolithic/Neolithic-transition are presented as a case study, identifying general epistemological factors affecting the application of scientific methodologies in archaeology.eng
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectEpistemology
dc.subjectbibliometrics
dc.subjectcitation
dc.subjectanalysis
dc.subjectdivision
dc.subjectof
dc.subjectlabor
dc.subjectscience
dc.subjecthumanities
dc.subjectdivide
dc.subjectinterdisciplinarity
dc.subjectresearch
dc.subjectstrategies
dc.subjectarchaeometry
dc.subjecttwo
dc.subjectcultures
dc.subjectdiet
dc.titlePublication trends and interdisciplinary collaboration across the archaeological science/humanities-divide: Investigations into the epistemological structure of the archaeological disciplineeng
dc.typeMaster thesis
dc.date.updated2015-08-26T22:00:18Z
dc.creator.authorJørgensen, Erlend Kirkeng
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-49445
dc.type.documentMasteroppgave
dc.identifier.fulltextFulltext https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/45196/1/Jrgensen_master.pdf


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