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The Ambiguity of Material Evidence





ISBN 9780367869557
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
208 Pages

 
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Book Description

Debating Archaeological Empiricism examines the current intellectual turn in archaeology, primarily in its prehistoric and classical branches, characterized by a return to the archaeological evidence. Each chapter in the book approaches the empirical from a different angle, illuminating contemporary views and uses of the archaeological material in interpretations and theory building. The inclusion of differing perspectives in this collection mirrors the conceptual landscape that characterizes the discipline, contributing to the theoretical debate in archaeology and classical studies. As well as giving an important snapshot of the practical as well as theoretical uses of materiality in archaeologies today, this volume looks to the future of archaeology as an empirical discipline.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Johannes Siapkas & Charlotta Hillerdal



 



Why ‘The Death of Archaeological Theory’?



Julian Thomas



Comment by Johannes Siapkas



Comment by Christopher Witmore



Archaeology and the Second Empiricism



Christopher Witmore



Comment by Frands Herschend



Comment by Michael Fotiadis





Public Archaeological Challenges in the 2010s: Learning from Participatory Action in Practice



Katherine Hauptman



Comment by Charlotta Hillerdal



Comment by Julian Thomas





Students First, Please!



Michael Fotiadis



Comment by Frands Herschend



Comment by Katherine Hauptman





Archaeology is History or it’s History



Frands Herschend



Comment by Katherine Hauptman



Comment by Johannes Siapkas





Empirical Tensions in the Materialities of Time



Charlotta Hillerdal



Comment by Julian Thomas



Comment by Michael Fotiadis





Neo-Empirical Mixtures



Johannes Siapkas



Comment by Christopher Witmore



Comment by Charlotta Hillerdal



 



Postscript



Gavin Lucas

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Biography

Charlotta Hillerdal is Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Hillerdal’s research focuses on theoretical archaeology, social identities and ethnic constructions. Her main research areas are Indigenous archaeology (esp. Yupik Alaska) and Viking Age Scandinavia and diaspora. Previous publications include: People in Between. Ethnicity and Material Culture – a New Approach to Deconstructed concepts





Johannes Siapkas is Associate Professor in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden. Siapkas' research focuses on the epistemological foundations of Classical Studies, and modern appropriations of classical antiquity. Previous publications include: Heterological Ethnicity, Displaying the Ideals of Antiquity (co-authored).