Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Gardin, Jean-Claude

  • Michelle Ammons
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2446

Basic Biographical Information

Jean-Claude Gardin has not only left a lasting impression on archaeological theory but he was also an avid contributor to Middle Eastern Archaeology, as well as a pioneer for the utilization of computer and information sciences to the social sciences. Gardin, a native of France, served in the French Free Army during the Second World War, receiving the Croix du Guerre among several other honorable awards for exceptional service. After leaving the army, Gardin enrolled at the London School of Economics where he completed his B.Sc. in Economics in 1948. Gardin continued his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris where he studied Computer and Information science. His early research focused on the use of computers for organizing and cataloging the archaeological record. Later in his research, Gardin became interested in the role that cognitive sciences have in archaeology of interpretation, specifically semiotics.

Gardin’s primary geographic focus was Western and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queens CollegeCUNYFlushingUSA