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Archaeology in the Making Conversations through a Discipline

    448 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    448 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Archaeology in the Making is a collection of bold statements about archaeology, its history, how it works, and why it is more important than ever. This book comprises conversations about archaeology among some of its notable contemporary figures. They delve deeply into the questions that have come to fascinate archaeologists over the last forty years or so, those that concern major events in human history such as the origins of agriculture and the state, and questions about the way archaeologists go about their work. Many of the conversations highlight quite intensely held personal insight into what motivates us to pursue archaeology; some may even be termed outrageous in the light they shed on the way archaeological institutions operate – excavation teams, professional associations, university departments.

    Archaeology in the Making is a unique document detailing the history of archaeology in second half of the 20th century to the present day through the words of some of its key proponents. It will be invaluable for anybody who wants to understand the theory and practice of this ever developing discipline.

    1. Introduction  Part I: The Archaeological Imagination  2. Binford  3. Schiffer  4. Watson  5. Renfrew  6. Wylie  7. Hodder  Part II: The Workings of a Discipline  8. Adrian and Mary Praetzellis  9. Kristiansen  10. Cowgill  11. Schnapp  12. Alcock and Cherry  Part III: Political Ecologies (Realpolitik)  13. Leone  14. Buchli and McGuire  15. Conkey  16. Tringham  17. Meskell  18. Rathje and Shanks  19. Archaeology: An ecology of practices


    Christopher Witmore, William L Rathje, Michael Shanks

    "Archaeology in the Making presents archaeology as an imaginative and exciting discipline by inviting prominent archaeologists to reflect on how they work and learn from their practice: how have they lived and developed their careers; why did they choose to work on particular topics; what do they think are their successes and failures; where do they situate themselves intellectually; how have they interacted with their peers; how do they communicate with the public; and in what ways do they agree and disagree about their subject? The reader will learn about archaeology, its history, work, ethics and importance through the experiences and insights of its practitioners."Bob Chapman, University of Reading, UK.

    "Archaeology in the Making is a fascinating collection of interviews – lively, controversial and exciting.  The back-and-forth nature of the dialogues brings to life themes that often appear drab and dull when presented as printed monologues. If you want a colourful, diverse set of informed opinions on where the field is today, these discussions are a great place to start." - Matthew H. Johnson, Northwestern University, USA.