Laboratory as Archives: An Ethnography of an Archaeological Laboratory in Taiwan

Authors: Yu Shih Ting*, Department of geography, National Taiwan University
Topics: Cultural Geography
Keywords: Archaeology, laboratory, science and technology study
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Empire Room, Omni, West
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In the past decades, with the development of sciences such as biology and genetics, archaeology has combined the knowledge and technology of related fields, which made a great changes in the method of analysis. Archaeologist often need to cooperate with academics in different fields to fulfill the work of analysis.

Besides, laboratory study in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) used to focus on the scientific practice of scientists in the past, focus on the meaning of laboratory as a knowledge producing space. These studies not only try to opening the black box of the production of scientific knowledge, but also discussed the realm and the boundary of laboratory through scientific practice. However, scientist isn’t the only one who work hard in the laboratory, and the laboratory could also had more meaning and possibility as a space, not just for knowledge production.

Based on such observations, this study try to investigate a archaeological laboratory through the viewpoint of laboratory studies, to explore the practice between teacher and students in bone analysis. Not only unveil the students actors in lab, who have become less protagonists in the past, but bring in the viewpoint called ”science of the archives” which made by Lorraine Daston at the same time. This study point out the meaning of laboratory as a knowledge transferring space,it also shows up how could two meaning of laboratory maintaining the laboratory together.

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