Ethnographic perspectives are often used by archaeologists to study cultures both past and present - but what happens when the ethnographic gaze is turned back onto archaeological practices themselves? That is the question posed by this book, challenging conventional ideas about the relationship between the subject and the object, the observer and the observed, and the explainers and the explained. This book explores the production of archaeological knowledge from a range of ethnographic perspectives. Fieldwork spans large parts of the world, with sites in Turkey, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany, the USA and the United Kingdom being covered. They focus on excavation, inscription, heritage management, student training, the employment of hired workers and many other aspects of archaeological practice. These experimental ethnographic studies are situated right on the interface of archaeology and anthropology_on the road to a more holistic study of the present and the past.
Multiple origins, development, and potential of ethnographies of archaeology / Matt Edgeworth -- Sites of knowledge : different ways of knowing an archaeological excavation / Thomas Yarrow -- The mutual constitution of natural and social identities during archaeological fieldwork / David Van Reybrouck and Dirk Jacobs -- A linguistic anthropologist's interest in archaeological practice / Charles Goodwin -- Reflecting upon archaeological practice : multiple visions of a late paleolithic site in Germany / Blythe E. Roveland -- Pictures, ideas and things : the production and currency of archaeological images / Jonathan Bateman -- Studying archaeological fieldwork in the field : views from Monte Polizzo / Cornelius Holtorf -- Digging the dirt : excavation as a social practice / John Carman -- Realisafiction : a day of work at Everybody-Knows-Land / O???uz Erdur -- Landscapes of disciplinary power : an ethnography of excavation and survey at Leskernick / Michael Wilmore -- Histories, identity and ownership : an ethnographic case study in archaeological heritage management in the Orkney Islands / Angie McClanahan -- Among totem-poles and clan power in Tanum, Sweden : an ethnographic perspective on communicative artifacts of heritage management / H???kon Karlsson and Anders Gustafsson -- Amazonian archaeology and local identities / Denise Maria Cavalcante Gomes -- Conjunctures in the making of an ancient maya archaeological site / Timoteo Rodriguez -- Complicit agendas : ethnography of archaeology as ethical research practice / Lisa Breglia.
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 19th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America