Disassembling Archeology, Reassembling the Modern World

Carruthers, William and Van Damme, Stéphane (2017) Disassembling Archeology, Reassembling the Modern World. History of Science, 55 (3). pp. 255-272. ISSN 0073-2753

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Abstract

This article provides a substantive discussion of the relevance of the history of archeology to the history of science. At the same time, the article introduces the papers contained in this special issue as exemplars of this relevance. To make its case, the article moves through various themes in the history of archeology that overlap with key issues in the history of science. The article discusses the role and tension of regimes of science in antiquarian and archeological practices, and also considers issues of scale and place, particularly in relation to the field. Additionally, the piece attends to issues of professionalization and the constitution of an archeological public, at the same time as discussing issues of empire, colonialism, and the circulation of knowledge. Meanwhile, enriching discussions within and beyond the history of science, the article discusses the history of archeology and its relationship with museums, collecting, and material culture and materiality. Finally, the piece discusses the relationship of the history of archeology with wider discussions about scientific ethics. In conclusion, the article questions whether we should speak of ‘the history of archeology’ at all.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 17:30
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 23:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69168
DOI: 10.1177/0073275317719849

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