Archaeology is Anthropology - Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association (Paperback)S. Gillespie (author)
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Archaeology and anthropology have come a long way in the pasthalf-century, and the 1950s thinking concerning the relationshipbetween the two is increasingly considered irrelevant. However, theplacement of archaeology within the discipline of anthropology hasalways been uneasy--and was just as much a half-century andmore ago as it is now. Is archaeology only now on the brink of"divorce" after decades of pleas for mutual respect and cooperationhave finally proven inadequate (Watson 1995)? Is separation theonly alternative left to sustain and further archaeology and tofinally shake off a second-class status to socioculturalanthropology that archaeologists have long contested (Willey andSabloff 1993:152)? In what sense can we profess that archaeology isstill anthropology?
This volume evaluates the reasons proffered for separationagainst those in favor of maintaining the identity and practice ofarchaeologists as anthropologists. Arguments for the separation ofarchaeology from the discipline of which it has been a part forover a century take several different forms, weighing variousintellectual factors: historical, methodological, and theoretical.Recent changes in the practice of archaeology and in theorganization of professional societies must also be considered.
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 250 x 150 x 15 mm
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