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Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past Alan P. Sullivan III

Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past

Alan P. Sullivan III

Published March 25th 2008
ISBN : 9780874809169
Paperback
172 pages
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One idiosyncrasy of archaeology in North America is that it is considered a subfield of cultural anthropology. To explore the dimensions of this situation, editor Alan P. Sullivan assembled a group of practicing archaeologists, each with differentMoreOne idiosyncrasy of archaeology in North America is that it is considered a subfield of cultural anthropology. To explore the dimensions of this situation, editor Alan P. Sullivan assembled a group of practicing archaeologists, each with different expertise, to analyze problems with the current disciplinary arrangement and to recommend changes in practice and pedagogy that might coalesce into a truly archaeological study of the cultural past.By using the theoretical tension that has arisen between archaeology and cultural anthropology, the contributors illustrate the effectiveness of concepts and methods that have little if any overlap with those of the mother discipline.Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past examines the degree to which the historically close relationship between archaeology and cultural anthropology may actually have inhibited archaeological investigations-particularly of those aspects of the cultural past that may be ethnographically undocumented or incompletely described.