Archaeology Yesterday and Today: The Development of Archaeology in the Sciences and Humanities

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First published in 1990 as the English translation of a Czech original, this book presents a radical interpretation by Czech philosophers of science of the philosophical, social and political forces shaping archaeology from antiquity onwards. The text reflects upon the divergent paths taken by Anglo-American and European archaeology in the years preceding publication, largely in ignorance of each other. It provides a theoretically sophisticated and cosmopolitan overview of modern archaeology, treating the history of both traditions in a single framework. Moreover, archaeological history is linked to developments in historiography, anthropology and the history and philosophy of science. Illustrated by Czech cartoons which reflect its iconoclastic approach, this book constitutes an important and original contribution to the intellectual history of archaeology.
 

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Contents

The earliest history
8
A digression into the natural sciences
67
the twentieth century
78
s The present
96
Description classification and seriation
149
Archaeological hypotheses
210
Epilogue
269
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