Publications: Philosophy of Archaeology

Books, Edited Volumes, Journal Special Issues

Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology: co-authored with Robert Chapman, Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, London, 2016. Bloomsbury 

Material Evidence: Learning from Archaeological Practice, co-edited with Robert Chapman, Routledge, London, 2015. Material Evidence Website

Doing Archaeology as a Feminist, Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, guest edited with Margaret W. Conkey, 14.3 (2007). Springer

Thinking From Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology, University of California Press, Berkeley CA,  (September 2002).  UCPress Abstract

Critical Traditions in Contemporary Archaeology: Essays in the Philosophy, History and Socio-Politics of Archaeology, co-edited with Valerie Pinsky, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989.  (Reprinted in paperback by the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque NM 1995.)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Bearing Witness: What Can Archaeology Contribute in an Indian Residential School Context?”: E. Simons, A. Martindale, A. Wylie, in Working with and for Ancestors: Collaboration in the Care and Study of Ancestral Remains, eds. C. Meloche, K. Nichols, L. Spake, Routledge, 2021, pp. 21-31.

“Collaborations in Indigenous and Community-Based Archaeology: Preserving the Past Together,” S. L. Gonzalez, Y. Ngandali, S. Lagos, H. K.Miller, B. Fitzhugh, S. Haakanson, P. Lape, A. Wylie, Association for Washington Archaeology 19 (2019-2020): 15-33.
Awarded the Association for Archaeology in Washington 2020 award for “scholarly excellence in research.”

“Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology: Triangulation and Traceability,” in Data Journeys in the Sciences, eds. S. Leonelli and N. Tempini, Springer, 2020, pp. 285-301. Springer.

“Crossing a Threshold: Collaborative Archaeology in Global Dialogue,” Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 15.5 (2019): 570-587.

Rock, Bone and Ruin, Adrian Currie: A Trace-centric Appreciation”: Theory and Practice in Biology 11 (2019): PTPBio online.

“Representational and Experimental Modeling in Archaeology”: Springer Handbook of Model-based Science, Part I: Architecture, Economics and the Human Sciences, edited by Lorenzo Magnani and Tommaso Bertolotti, 2017, pp. 989-1002. Springer

“How Archaeological Evidence Bites Back: Strategies for Putting Old Data to Work in New Ways”: special issue of Science, Technology, and Human Values on “Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness and Absence,” edited by Sabina Leonelli, Gail Davies and Brian Rappert, 42.2 (2017): 203-225. STHV

“A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”: in Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies, edited by Flavia Padovani, Alan Richardson, and Jonathan Y. Tsou, Springer, 2015, pp. 189-210. Springer

“Community-Based Collaborative Archaeology”: in Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction, edited by Nancy Cartwright and Eleonora Montuschi, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 68-82. OUP, Preprint

“Interdisciplinary Practice: Archaeology and Philosophy”: in Archaeology in the Making: Conversations Through a Discipline, edited by William Rathje, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Witmore, Routledge, 2012, pp. 93-121.

“Critical Distance: Stabilizing Evidential Claims in Archaeology”: in Evidence, Inference and Enquiry, edited by Philip Dawid, William Twining, and Mimi Vasilaki, Oxford University press, 2011, pp. 371-394. OUP

“Archaeological Facts in Transit: The ‘Eminent Mounds’ of Central North America”, in How Well do ‘Facts’ Travel?: The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge, edited by Peter Howlett and Mary S. Morgan, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 301-322. CUP

“The Appropriation of Archaeological Finds,” co-authored with George Nicholas, in The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation edited by James O. Young and Conrad G. Brunk, Routledge, 2009, pp. 11-54.

“Agnotology in/of Archaeology,” Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance, edited by Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger; Stanford University Press, 2008, pp. 183-205. SUP

“Philosophy of Archaeology; Philosophy in Archaeology,” in Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology, edited by Stephen Turner and Mark Risjord; volume 14, Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Elsevier Science, 2007, pp. 517-549. Elsevier

“The Integrity of Narratives: Epistemic Constraints on Multivocality,” in Evaluating Multiple Narratives: Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologies, edited by Junko Habu, Clare Fawcett, and John Matsunaga, Springer Publications, 2007, pp. 201-212.

“Moderate Relativism, Political Objectivism,” in The Archaeology of Bruce Trigger: Theoretical Empiricism, edited by Ronald F. Williamson and Michael S. Bisson, McGill-Queens University Press, 2006, pp. 25-35.

“A Philosopher at Large,” in Cartesian Views: Papers Presented to Richard A. Watson, edited by Thomas M. Lennon, Brill, Boston, 2003, pp. 165-178.

“Questions of Evidence, Legitimacy, and the (Dis)Unity of Science” American Antiquity 65.2 (2000): 227-237.

“Why Should Historical Archaeologists Study Capitalism?: The Logic of Question and Answer and the Challenge of Systemic Analysis,” in Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism, edited by Mark P. Leone and Parker B. Potter, Jr., KluwerAcademic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 1999, pp. 23-50.

“Alternative Histories: Epistemic Disunity and Political Integrity,” in Making Alternative Histories: The Practice of Archaeology and History in Non-Western Settings, edited by Peter R. Schmidt and Thomas C. Patterson, School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, 1996, pp. 255-272.

“Unification and Convergence in Archaeological Explanation: The Agricultural ‘Wave of Advance’ and the Origins of Indo-European Languages,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 34, Supplement (1995): 1-30. (Special issue: Explanation in the Human Sciences, edited by David K. Henderson.)

“An Expanded Behavioral Archaeology: Transformation and Redefinition Twenty Years On,” Expanding Archaeology: A Behavioral Approach to the Archaeological Record, edited by James M. Skibo, William H. Walker, and Axel E. Nielsen, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 1995, pp. 198-209.

“Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Objectivism in Archaeology,” Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, edited by Michael Martin and Lee McIntyre, MIT Press, Cambridge Mass., 1994, pp. 747-765.

“‘Invented Lands/Discovered Pasts’: The Westward Expansion of Myth and History,” Historical Archaeology 27.4 (1993): 1-19. (Keynote Address, Society for Historical Archaeology.)

“Facts and Fictions: Writing Archaeology in a Different Voice,” Canadian Journal of Archaeology 17 (1993): 5-25. (Keynote Address, Canadian Archaeological Association.)  Reprinted in Archaeological Theory: Progress or Posture?, edited by Iain M. MacKenzie, Avebury, Aldershot, 1994, pp. 3-18.

“A Proliferation of New Archaeologies: Skepticism, Processualism, and Post-Processualism,” in Archaeological Theory: Who Sets the Agenda?, edited by Norman Yoffee and Andrew Sherratt, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993, pp. 20-26.

“On ‘Heavily Decomposing Red Herrings’: Scientific Method in Archaeology and the Ladening of Evidence with Theory,” in Metaarchaeology, edited by Lester Embree, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Kluwer, Boston, 1992, pp. 269-288.

“Rethinking the Quincentennial: Consequences for Past and Present,” American Antiquity 57.4 (1992): 591-594. Reprinted in Peoples of the Past and Present edited by Jean-Luc Chodkiewicz, Harcourt Brace, Toronto, 1995, pp. 138-140.

“Matters of Fact and Matters of Interest” in Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity, edited by Steven Shennan, Unwin Hyman, London, 1989, pp. 94-109.

“Archaeological Cables and Tacking: The Implications of Practice for Bernstein’s ‘Options Beyond Objectivism and Relativism’,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19.1 (1989): 1-18. PoSS

“‘Simple’ Analogy and the Role of Relevance Assumptions: Implications of Archaeological Practice,” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 2.2 (1988): 134-150.

“The Reaction Against Analogy,” in Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 8, edited by Michael B. Schiffer, Academic Press, New York, (1985): 63-111.

“Putting Shakertown Back Together: Critical Theory in Archaeology,” Journal for Anthropological Archaeology 4 (1985): 133-147.

“Between Philosophy and Archaeology,” American Antiquity 50 (1985): 478-490.

“The Demystification of the Profession,” in The Socio-Politics of Archaeology, edited by Joan M. Gero, David M. Lacy, and Michael L. Blakey, University of Massachusetts, Anthropology Research Report Series #25 (1983): 119-129.

“Epistemological Issues Raised by a Structuralist Archaeology,” in Symbolic and Structural Archaeology, edited Ian Hodder, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982, pp. 39-46.

“An Analogy by Any Other Name is Just as Analogical: A Commentary on the Gould-Watson Dialogue,” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 1 (1982): 382-401.

Encyclopedia Entries, Reviews, Newspaper Articles

“Archaeology and Philosophy of Science,” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by N. J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, Pergamon, Oxford, 2001, pp. 614-617.

 “Philosophy of Archaeology,” Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward Craig, Routledge, New York, 1998, Volume 1, pp. 354-359.

“On a Hierarchy of Purposes: Typological Theory and Practice,” Current Anthropology 33.4(1992): 486-491.

“On Scepticism, Philosophy, and Archaeological Science,” Current Anthropology 33.2(1992): 209-214.

“Review of Time and Traditions by Bruce G. Trigger,” International Studies in Philosophy 11 (1979): 193-195.

“On ‘Capturing Facts Alive in the Past’: Response to Fotiadis and Little,” American Antiquity 59.3 (1994): 556-560.

“Comments on Analogy in Danish Prehistoric Studies,” Norwegian Archaeological Review 26.2 (1993): 82-85.

“The ‘Illusion of Concreteness’ and the Prospects for an Anthropology of Archaeology: Review of Explanation in Archaeology by Guy Gibbon,” American Anthropologist 94.1 (1992): 201-202.

“Review of Re-Constructing Archaeology: Theory and Practice by Michael Shanks and Christopher Tilley,” International Studies in Philosophy 24.1 (1992): 135-136.

“Review of Women in Prehistory by Margaret Ehrenberg, and Women in Roman Britain by Lindsay Allason-Jones,” Journal of Field Archaeology 18 (1991): 501-507.

“Review of The Amateur and the Professional: Antiquarians, Historians, and Archaeologists in Victorian England 1838-1886 by Philippa Levine, and Science Encounters the Indian, 1820-1880: The Early Years of American Ethnology by Robert E. Beider,” Philosophy of Science 57 (1990): 546-548.

“Review of Working at Archaeology by L.R. Binford, and Theory and Explanation in Archaeology edited by Renfrew, Rowlands, and Segraves,” International Studies in Philosophy 20.1 (1988): 65-67.

“CA* Commentary on ‘Entoptic Phenomena in Upper Paleolithic Art’ by J.D. Lewis-Williams and T.A. Dowson,” Current Anthropology 29 (1988): 231-232.

“CA* Commentary on ‘Toward a Critical Theory’ by Mark P. Leone, Parker B. Potter, and Paul A. Shackel,” Current Anthropology 28 (1987): 247-298.

“Review of The Method and Theory of V. Gordon Childe by Barbara McNairn,” Interna­tional Studies in Philosophy 18 (1986): 67-69.

Archaeological Reports

Historic and Prehistoric Site Survey: Fort Walsh National Historic Park (with contributions from J.S. Murray), Microfiche Report Series #230, Parks Canada, National Historic Parks and Sites Directorate, Ottawa Ontario, 1978.

Archaeological Investigations at a Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Mounted Police Post, Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan, 1973-74 Field Seasons (J.V. Sciscenti, A. Campbell, B. Hromadiuk, S. MacLeod, J. S. Murray, and A. Wylie), Manuscript Report #200, Parks Canada, National Historic Parks and Sites Directorate, Ottawa Ontario, 1976.