Making sense of the past: The embodied information practices of field archaeologists

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Journal Article
Journal of Information Science, 2015, 42 (3), pp. 410 - 419
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© The Author(s) 2016. This paper reports the findings of a study of the information practices of archaeologists, students and volunteers undertaking an excavation in the field. Conceptually, the study was guided by a social constructionist and practice-theoretical epistemological standpoint. Methodologically, the study employed a multi-faceted approach incorporating both ethnographic observation of archaeologists working in the field and in-depth interviews. The findings show that participants' practices were both social and embodied in nature.
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