The first text to address the contentious issues raised by the pursuit of anthropology and archaeology in the world today. Calls into question the traditional, sometimes difficult relationship between western scholars and the contemporary cultures and peoples they study and can easily disturb.
''I recommend this volume to everyone concerned with the archaeology of living traditions.'' - Man
''In Layton's Conflict volume we see the archaeologist's pursuit of her/his own `truth' in scientifically veritable interpretations of the archaeological record confronting other cultural `truths'.' - Antiquity
''Will be of immense interest to archaeologists, anthropologists, and all those concerned with indigenous peoples'' - Geographical Journal
''… the attempt to present diverse viewpoints in the context of archaeology and break away from old constructs makes the book an interesting and valuable contribution… The volume as a whole aims to develop a world approach, since minority and indegenous groups are to be found in most countries. The book concentrates on North America, South America and Australia with other articles covering Rwanda, Cameroon, Madagascar and Finland… Condori's moving article examines the relegation to prehistory of his extant people in Bolivia, the theft of encroachment, and their views of time, history and material culture… new and interesting ideas… I … can … only recommend reading [the articles] them. Conflict in the Archaeology of Living Traditions demonstrates a fine sensitivity to native peoples and suggests we treat them as something other than objects for observation''
''This is one of a series of 20 volumes derived from the World Archaeology Congress, and contributors come from many countries worldwide. The papers exhibit a new approach to the work of archaeologists, embracing the study of social and cultural change in addition to their traditional role of uncovering and interpretating material evidence of past events and cultures, and in emphasizing the wisdom of involving modern descendants in this research. It will be of immense interest to archaeologists, anthropologists and all those concerned with indigenous peoples'' - Geographical Journal