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Recording the Excavations in Troy: 1855-2010

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Autori: Catalin Pavel

Editorial: Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, Studia Troica, 19, p.255-283, 2012.


This article emerges out of a discussion within the team in Troy in response to recent developments in the practice and theory of recording archaeological excavations, as well as in the technology that makes them possible. Methodological awareness must be fostered by analytical concerns and its results offered for public scrutiny; any recording system is thus re-cast
as the encapsulation of this methodological awareness. Before thoroughly modernizing the way the excavations are recorded in Troy, a review of how this has been done over the past century and a half is in order. The article consists of two parts. The first presents the way excavations in Troy have been recorded in against the background of the evolution of recording theories in Europe and North-America. The second probes into some of the hermeneutic and epistemological issues raised by archaeology seen as controlled destruction, to highlight the interplay between description and interpretation in the process of recording.