Archaeology without antiquity

Assaf Nativ, Gavin Lucas

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Antiquity-the past-has been fundamental to archaeology from the very beginnings of the discipline, and it remains the central concept around which archaeological research is developed. Over the years, however, alternative ways of doing and thinking archaeology have come forth to challenge this orientation on the past. Despite their growth in scope and sophistication, these alternatives remain at the margins of our community. In this article, the authors argue that it is in the best interests of archaeology-both as a community and as a discipline-to not brush aside these alternatives but rather to afford them serious attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-863
Number of pages12
Issue number376
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020

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  • antiquity
  • archaeosphere
  • memory
  • pluralism
  • waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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