science’ means applying modern scientific knowledge and instruments to artefacts and deposits.
That is, ‘archaeology and science’ is equated with archaeometry, a one-way relationship that emphasises archaeological dependence on other disciplines.
For many archaeologists, the phrase ‘archaeology and science’ means the application of modern scientific knowledge and instruments to artefacts and deposits.
In this construal, archaeology stands in a dependent relationship to other sciences.
And, lest we forget, archaeologists in recent decades have made many contributions to vertebrate taphonomy (e.g. Through archaeometry we obtain useful tools from the physical and biological sciences; they, in turn, receive archaeological specimens, analyses, insights, concepts and inferences that further their research agendas.