Identify two theoretical approaches that we discussed in class since processualism.
Provide the names of key people associated with each approach (and include pertinent references). Describe the differences between each approach and any common ground they might share. Also, what strengths does each theory offer as an analytical framework in archaeology? What are some of the drawbacks of each theory?
Describe how each approach is different from – and developed out of – previous archaeological practice.
Discuss where you see archaeological theory heading in the next 5 to 10 years. Do you see further diversification (a symphony of approaches), or are there too many cooks in the kitchen? Perhaps you see a middle road? What’s “the next big thing” or do you predict the “death of theory” altogether? Take a position and be sure to support your argument with examples (citations) from your readings. Be sure to develop a thesis and to work it through your analysis.