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Sentient Archaeologies (Hardback)

Global Perspectives on Places, Objects, and Practice

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory

By Richard Bradley, Courtney Nimura, Rebecca O'Sullivan
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Pages: 280
Illustrations: B/w and colour
ISBN: 9781789259322
Published: 15th May 2023
Casemate UK Academic

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Archaeology in the past century has seen a major shift from theoretical frameworks that treat the remains of past societies as static snapshots of particular moments in time to interpretations that prioritise change and variability. Though established analytical concepts, such as typology, remain key parts of the archaeologist’s investigative toolkit, data-gathering strategies and interpretative frameworks have become infused progressively with the concept that archaeology is living, in the sense of both the objects of study and the discipline as a whole. The significance for the field is that researchers across the world are integrating ideas informed by relational epistemologies and mutually constructive ontologies into their work from the initial stage of project design all the way down to post-excavation interpretation.

 

This volume showcases examples of such work, highlighting the utility of these ideas to exploring material both old and new. The illuminating research and novel explanations presented contribute to resolving long-standing problems in regional archaeologies across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Oceania. In this way, this volume reinvigorates approaches taken towards older material but also acts as a springboard for future innovative discussions of theory in archaeology and related disciplines.

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