Aesthetic Explanation and the archaeology of symbols

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I argue that aesthetic ideas should play a significant role in archaeological explanation. I sketch an account of aesthetic interests which is appropriate to archaeological contexts. I illustrate the role of aesthetics through a discussion of the transition from signals to symbols. I argue that the opposition in archaeological debate between explanation and interpretation is one we should reject.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-246
Number of pages14
JournalBritish journal of aesthetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2016

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