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    Spaces that were not densely occupied – questioning "ephemeral" evidence

    McFadyen, Lesley (2010) Spaces that were not densely occupied – questioning "ephemeral" evidence. In: Garrow, D. and Yarrow, T. (eds.) Archaeology and Anthropology: Understanding Similarity, Exploring Differences. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, pp. 40-52. ISBN 9781842173879.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: This book focuses on the relationship between the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology. Both disciplines arose from a common project: a desire to understand human social and cultural diversity. However, in recent years, archaeologys interest in anthropology has remained largely unreciprocated. To date, the causes and consequences of this imbalance have received little attention, particularly within anthropology. Including papers by eminent thinkers within both disciplines, this book sheds new light on issues of disciplinary identity. The contributors show how a lack of collaboration has resulted in a narrowing of horizons within both disciplines and explore the grounds upon which these might be opened up. The papers draw on a range of theoretical perspectives and empirical case-studies, but are unified in their concern to explore the ideological, practical and methodological commitments that mark each discipline as distinct. Ultimately, the volume arrives at the startling conclusion that archaeologys apparent absence of data may actually be a positive attribute, leading to a distinctive approach from which anthropology can learn.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Lesley Mcfadyen
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 09:12
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5001

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