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date: 08 December 2019

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This chapter is deliberately very simple. It should be read as an introduction, a first step, into the more complex issues discussed elsewhere in this Handbook. It defines theory, and discusses theory’s relationship to practice. It sees theory not as good or as bad, but simply as necessary. It examines the case both for and against explicit reflection on theory, and the case both for and against the existence of specifically archaeological theory. In conclusion, the chapter argues for theory as part of a wider project of learning about the world.

Keywords: theory, practice, archaeology, learning, pragmatism

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