In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the history of the discipline of archaeology. Local, national, and international histories of archaeology that deal with institutions, concepts, categories, and the social and political contexts of archaeological practice have begun to influence the development of archaeological theory. This volume contributes to these developments by reprinting 19 significant papers. Spanning much of the last 200 years and global in coverage and outlook, the papers provide a thorough grounding in the historiography of archaeology, and will enhance understanding of the origins and growth of its theory and practice. A general introduction which is itself a contribution to historiography orients readers by outlining core themes and issues in the field.
Christopher Evans is Executive Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge.
1. Introduction: Writing Histories of Archaeology ; 2. Brixham Cave and the Antiquity of Man ; 3. Introduction and Polemic ; 4. Perspectives of a Sentimental Journey: V. Gordon Childe in Australia 1917-1921 ; 5. The Burden of Tribalism: The Social Context of Southern African Iron Age Studies ; 6. Uses of the Past: Archaeology in the Service of the State ; 7. The Past as Propaganda: Totalitarian Archaeology in Nazi Germany ; 8. The History, Philosophy and Sociology of Archaeology: The Case of the Ancient Monuments Protection Act ; 9. The Role of Biography in Writing the History of Archaeology ; 10. 'Our Ancestors the Gauls': Archaeology, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Manipulation of Celtic Identity in Modern Europe ; 11. Archaeology Against the State: Roots of Internationalism ; 12. Kultur and the World War ; 13. Excavating Women: Towards an Engendered History of Archaeology ; 14. Gustaf Kossinna (1858-1931) ; 15. A History of Archaeology in Brazil ; 16. How to Benefit from Received Ideas ; 17. Historiography ; 18. On the International Roots of Prehistory ; 19. Between Antiquarians and Archaeologists - Continuities and Ruptures
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