ACE Flagship Seminar: Inaugural Lecture: 'Temporal Data that Travel: Radiocarbon Dating and Robustness Reasoning in Archaeology'

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Monday 6th November 2017 / Venue: Seminar Room 10 Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Archaeology Seminar Series
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ACE Flagship Seminar - Inaugural Lecture with Professor Alison Wylie (Chair in the Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences at the University of British Columbia

'Temporal Data that Travel: Radiocarbon Dating and Robustness Reasoning in Archaeology'

The application of radiocarbon dating to archaeological questions has developed from early hopes for a scientific ‘silver bullet’ to a pragmatic Bayesian perspective reliant on a genre of robustness reasoning. Such approaches enlist not only data generated by physical dating techniques but also multiple lines of evidence anchored in other, more context specific, data. In this paper I bring into sharper focus the intellectual scaffolding required to produce such archaeologically usable data and identify conditions for success made explicit in these debates that counter some of the strongest claims made by philosophical critics of robustness reasoning.

The ACE Flagship Seminar is a series of events organised throughout the year bringing together all the disciplines represented in the department around a common theme or topic. Following the guest-speaker presentation, members of the academic staff and postgraduate students in other disciplines will act as respondents in an open dialogue with the audience.

Email bruce.routledge@liv.ac.uk for a copy of Prof. Wylie’s pre-circulated paper