Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking down the Boundaries (Paperback)
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Short Description for Archaeology and Ancient History This collection of pieces from international range of contributors explores in detail the seperation of the human past into history, archaeology and their related sub-disciplines. Each piece challenges the validity of this seperation and asks how we can move to a more holistic approach.
- Published: 10 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415302012 ISBN 10: 0415302013
- Sales rank: 1,279,106
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Full description for Archaeology and Ancient History
Some classicists still deal with the ancient world as if archaeological evidence is of little relevance to their work. This can mean that territories or subjects for which there is little textual evidence can be marginalised or not studied at all. Similarly, many historical archaeologists, dissatisfied with their ancillary role, assert that material evidence for the ancient world can and should be studied independently. Though efforts are being made - in some quarters at least - to erode these disciplinary boundaries, in others they have become increasingly fossilized, and rifts within subjects are leading to the development of ever more isolated, new sub-disciplines. While representatives of each different specialism may believe they have found the path to historical truth, the real truth is that the straitjackets of these divisions - whether generations old or fashionably novel - are stifling innovation, creativity, and the possibility of illuminating the past with all the knowledge at our disposal. This collection of pieces from international range of contributors explores in detail the seperation of the human past into history, archaeology and their related sub-disciplines. Each piece challenges the validity of this seperation and asks how we can move to a more holistic approach. While the focus is on the ancient world, particularly Greece and Rome, the lessons that emerge are significant for the study of any time and place.