Subjectivity, bias and perception in aerial archaeology

Brophy, K. (2005) Subjectivity, bias and perception in aerial archaeology. In: Brophy, K. and Cowley, D. (eds.) From the Air: Understanding Aerial Archaeology. Tempus: Stroud, pp. 33-49. ISBN 9780752431307

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This paper reflects on the subjective nature of aerial archaeology, building on David Wilson's statement that subjectivity begins from the moment that you point the camera at a cropmark. Some metaphors used to describe the practice and practitioners in aerial archaeology are discussed, and variables, unknowns and observer-bias are explored. A strategy of 'mitigated subjectivity' is suggested.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Aerial archaeology, cropmarks, subjectivity
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brophy, Dr Kenny
Authors: Brophy, K.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
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