Archaeology without –isms

Baines, A. and Brophy, K. (2006) Archaeology without –isms. Archaeological Dialogues, 13(1), pp. 69-91. (doi: 10.1017/S1380203806001826)

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This paper examines the division that has grown up in contemporary archaeology between practical and theoretical branches of the discipline. It argues that the two sides of this schism are archaeological versions of objectivism and subjectivism, and that they really represent a single dualism. To break out of this, what is needed is an approach to thinking and doing archaeology that recognises the embodied nature of archaeological engagements with material culture, together with an understanding of the emergent, relational character of archaeological data. In the light of this discussion, we attempt to re-define the building blocks of archaeology (material culture and the past), and to show with a case study how such an archaeology might generate new insights in practice.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Postprocessualism, material culture, time, stone rows, Bronze Age
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brophy, Dr Kenny and Baines, Dr Andrew
Authors: Baines, A., and Brophy, K.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Archaeological Dialogues
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:15 May 2006
Copyright Holders:Cambridge University Press and the authors

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