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Archives, Ancestors, Practices: Archaeology in the Light of its History

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Archives, Ancestors, Practices

Archaeology in the Light of its History

Edited by Nathan Schlanger and Jarl Nordbladh

392 pages, 75 ills

ISBN  978-1-84545-066-3 $99.00/£72.00 Pb Published (June 2008)

eISBN 978-0-85745-065-4 eBook

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The twenty-five papers from this volume mark an important landmark of the European-funded AREA (Archives of European Archaeology) project…A particularly interesting section is the exploration of the visuality of archaeology, moving between displays, photography, and draughtsmanship and including at least one paper outside the formal section in visualization, on the practice of the use of models.  ·  JRAI

“This tightly organized volume represents a mastery of diverse data…The sheer breadth, depth and richness of the contributions make this reviewer wish that she had attended the conference. It is a model contribution to discussion of the current state of archeology…The work is a classic of its kind.”  ·  American Journal of Archeology

“…this important volume succeeds in getting some key messages across: that the history of archaeology today needs to leave behind paradigms which rely on a unilinear story of progressive development…{there is a] rich body of information and insights to be found in this... worthwhile and multifaceted book.”  ·  Antiquity


In line with the resurgence of interest in the history of archaeology manifested over the past decade, this volume aims to highlight state-of-the art research across several topics and areas, and to stimulate new approaches and studies in the field. With their shared historiographical commitment, the authors, leading scholars and emerging researchers, draw from a wide range of case studies to address major themes such as historical sources and methods; questions of archaeological practices and the practical aspects of knowledge production; ‘visualizing archaeology’ and the multiple roles of iconography and imagery; and ‘questions of identity’ at local, national and international levels.

Nathan Schlanger, now at INRAP, Paris, coordinates the AREA project (Archives of European Archaeology). He has published on prehistoric archaeology, on the technological contributions of Mauss and Leroi-Gourhan, and on the history of archaeology in colonial (African) contexts.

Jarl Nordbladh retired as Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Göteborg University. His research interests include the history of archaeology, Scandinavian rock art and scientific illustrations. He has taken part in the EU funded AREA project from its beginnings.

Subject: Archaeology History (General) Heritage Studies


List of Figures
List of Plates
List of Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: Archaeology in the Light of its Histories
Nathan Schlanger and Jarl Nordbladh


Chapter 1. Biography as Microhistory: The Relevance of Private Archives for Writing the History of Archaeology
Marc-Antoine Kaeser

Chapter 2. From Distant Shores: Nineteenth-Century Dutch Archaeology in European Perspective
Ruurd B. Halbertsma

Chapter 3. The Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition, 1886–1889: Model of Inquiry for the History of Archaeology
Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox

Chapter 4. The Phenomenon of Pre-Soviet Archaeology. Archival Studies in the History of Russian Archaeology – Methods and Results
Nadezhda I. Platonova

Chapter 5. Prehistoric Archaeology in the 'Parliament of Science', 1845–1900
Tim Murray


Chapter 6. Wilamowitz and Stratigraphy in 1873: A Case Study in the History of Archaeology’s 'Great Divide'
Giovanna Ceserani

Chapter 7. Methodological Reflections on the History of Excavation Techniques
Gisela Eberhardt

Chapter 8. 'More than a Village'. On the Medieval Countryside as an Archaeological Field of Study
Emma Bentz

Chapter 9. Amateurs and Professionals in Nineteenth-Century Archaeology. The Case of the Oxford 'Antiquarian and Grocer' H.M.J. Underhill (1855–1920)
Megan Price

Chapter 10. Revisiting the 'Invisible College': José Ramón Mélida in Early Twentieth-Century Spain
Margarita Díaz-Andreu

Chapter 11. Between Sweden and Central Asia. Practising Archaeology in the 1920s and 1930s
Jan Bergman

Chapter 12. Model Excavations: ‘Performance’ and the Three-Dimensional Display of Knowledge
Christopher Evans


Chapter 13. The Impossible Museum: Exhibitions of Archaeology as Reflections of Contemporary Ideologies
Marcello Barbanera

Chapter 14. Towards a More 'Scientific' Archaeological Tool: The Accurate Drawing of Greek Vases between the End of the Nineteenth- and the First Half of the Twentieth-Centuries
Christine Walter

Chapter 15. European Images of the Ancient Near East at the Beginnings of the Twentieth-Century
Maria Gabriella Micale

Chapter 16. Weaving Images. Juan Cabré and Spanish Archaeology in the First Half of the Twentieth-Century
Susana González Reyero

Chapter 17. Frozen in Time: Photography and the Beginnings of Modern Archaeology in the Netherlands
Leo Verhart


Chapter 18. Choosing Ancestors: The Mechanisms of Ethnic A scription in the Age of Patriotic Antiquarianism (1815–1850)
Ulrike Sommer

Chapter 19. Archaeology, Politics and Identity. The Case of the Canary Islands in the Nineteenth-Century
José Farrujia de la Rosa

Chapter 20. The Wagner Brothers: French Archaeologists and Origin Myths in Early Twentieth-Century Argentina
Ana Teresa Martínez, Constanza Taboada and Luis Alejandro Auat

Chapter 21. Language, Nationalism and the Identity of the Archaeologists: The Case of Juhani Rinne’s Professorship in the 1920s
Visa Immonen and Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen

Chapter 22. Protohistory at the Portuguese Association of Archaeologists: A Question of National Identity?
Ana Cristina Martins

Chapter 23. Making Spain Hispanic. Gómez-Moreno and Iberian Archaeology
Juan P. Bellón, Arturo Ruiz and Alberto Sánchez

Chapter 24. Virchow and Kossinna. From the Science-Based Anthropology of Humankind to the Culture-Historical Archaeology of Peoples
Sebastian Brather

Chapter 25. Dutch Archaeology and National Socialism
Martijn Eickhoff


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