Scottish historical archaeology: international agendas and local politics

Driscoll, S.T. (2010) Scottish historical archaeology: international agendas and local politics. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14(3), pp. 442-462. (doi: 10.1007/s10761-010-0115-9)

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Historical archaeology as practiced in Scotland is divergent from the mainstream tradition of historical archaeology/post-medieval archaeology that dominates North America and the English-speaking world. Cultural and historical forces have shaped an historical archaeology with a deeper time depth, which extends back into the Middle Ages. It also focuses on different subjects reflecting the political concerns associated with Scottish national identity. Examples drawn from Glasgow’s history are used to illustrate the distinctiveness of the Scottish tradition and how it is evolving. I argue that one of its strengths of Scottish historical archaeology is that it provides a corrective contrast to the subjects and approaches which dominate historical archaeology in the English-speaking world.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Medieval, Glasgow, Govan, modernity
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Driscoll, Professor Stephen
Authors: Driscoll, S.T.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Journal Abbr.:Int. J. Histor. Archaeol.
Publisher:Springer US
ISSN (Online):1573-7748
Published Online:15 May 2010

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