Disassembling archeology, reassembling the modern world
History of science, 2017, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 255-272
CARRUTHERS, William, VAN DAMME, Stéphane, Disassembling archeology, reassembling the modern world, History of science, 2017, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 255-272 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/58684
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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.
First Published September 13, 2017
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/58684
Full-text via DOI: 10.1177/0073275317719849
ISSN: 0073-2753; 1753-8564
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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