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Peripheral vision: Reflections on the death and rebirth of ethnoarchaeology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
2015 (English)In: Breaking Barriers: Proceedings of the 47th Chacmool Archaeology Conference / [ed] Robyn Cook, Kim Edwards & Colleen Hughes, Calgary: Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Calgary , 2015, 19-34 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Initially formalized as a distinct domain of archaeological research in 1960s and 1970s as part of ‘processual archaeology’, but with intellectual roots (and routes) extending back to the beginnings of antiquarianism in early post-medieval European society, ethnoarchaeology has persistently been regarded as a supplier of the raw materials of theoretical and methodological insight rather than as producer in its own right. Both literally and metaphorically, its practioners have been regarded as occupying the periphery of the discipline supplying convenient ‘ethnographic facts’ that can be refashioned into overarching theories by those at the disciplinary centre. Drawing on an analysis of the contributions of ethnoarchaeological research conducted in Africa over the last four-five decades, this paper offers an alternative perspective that celebrates the theoretically innovative nature of a hybridized, post-colonial ethnoarchaeology.

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Calgary: Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Calgary , 2015. 19-34 p.
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Ethnoarchaeology, memory, sub-Saharan Africa, Dogon, Mali
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270485ISBN: 978-0-88953-386-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270485DiVA: diva2:889867
47th Chacmool Archaeology Conference, November 7-9, 2014 Calgary, Canada
Available from: 2015-12-29 Created: 2015-12-29 Last updated: 2016-02-19Bibliographically approved

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