pears Posted October 8, 2013 Share Posted October 8, 2013 Hello, friends! This is a question for MA and PhD students, professors, or anyone who's been up to their waist in anthropological & archaeological research longer than I have. My (tentative) MA thesis topic is going to involve revisiting an old data set with a fresh set of theoretical eyes. The data comes from a site that's part of a well documented, thoroughly researched site with an established cultural chronology. I want to use that old raw data, or another preexisting data set, as an example of potential applications of a few main theories to bioarchaeology, with my greatest emphasis on a relatively new perspective that I feel goes perfectly hand-in-hand with it. I don't intend to discuss methodological or ethical problems within the sub-discipline; supporting the usefulness of the new theoretical perspective by way of the preexisting data set is my focus. So, I've got two main questions: How common is "scooping" in anthropology/archaeology? i.e., should I be worried about rushing to publish a new theoretical perspective as it relates an up-&-coming sub-discipline first? Does it matter? I intend to publish & continue refining my thesis after it's done, but I'm nervous about "theory wars" & how to respond to published critiques or criticisms. How do I find the "holes" in my arguments? How do I respond to criticisms, particularly with regard to the age of the data set & potential methodological flaws? Thanks, y'all! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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