36. What is Post-Processual Archaeology?
Sarah Kielt Costello
University of Houston - Clear Lake
Post-Processual Archaeology, initially a response to what were seen as the shortcomings of processual archaeology, is not a singular theoretical approach or methodology, but rather a range of interpretive alternatives in archaeological explanation. These approaches typically aim to be reflexive (the researcher is aware of his/her own perspective), context-directed, and critically aware of issues such as subjectivity, agency, identity, ideology, and power dynamics.