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Author Lucas, Gavin, 1965- author.

Title Writing the past : knowledge and literary production in archaeology / Gavin Lucas
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Contents The production of archaeological knowledge -- Models of archaeological reasoning in Anglo-American archaeology -- Text types and archaeology -- Textual composition and knowledge production -- Mobile knowledge
Summary "How do archaeologists make knowledge? Debates in the latter half of the twentieth century revolved around broad, abstract philosophies and theories such as positivism and hermeneutics which have all but vanished today. By contrast, in recent years there has been a great deal of attention given to more concrete, practice-based studies, especially focusing on the coalface of archaeology, i.e. fieldwork. But where one was too abstract, the other has become too descriptive and commonly evades issues of epistemic judgement. This book remains within a practice-based approach but also tries to re-introduce a normative dimension to knowledge practices in archaeology - especially in relation to archaeological practice further down the 'assembly line': the production of published texts. For it is here that archaeological knowledge arguably becomes most stabilised and widely disseminated. By exploring the composition of texts in archaeology and the relation between their structural, performative characteristics and key epistemic virtues, this book aims to move debate in both knowledge and writing practices in a new direction. Although directed mainly at archaeologists, the argument offered in this book necessarily has relevance for all academic disciplines concerned with how knowledge production and textual composition intertwine"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Gavin Lucas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Iceland, where has been teaching since 2002. His main interests lie in archaeological method and theory as well as the archaeology of the modern world, with a special focus on the North Atlantic
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Subject Archaeological literature.
Archaeology -- Documentation
Archaeology -- Philosophy.
Communication in archaeology.
Archaeological literature.
Archaeology -- Documentation.
Archaeology -- Philosophy.
Communication in archaeology.
HISTORY / Ancient / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429444486