Archaeology and Modernity

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 12, 2004 - Social Science - 288 pages
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This is the first book-length study to explore the relationship between archaeology and modern thought, showing how philosophical ideas that developed in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries still dominate our approach to the material remains of ancient societies.

Addressing current debates from a new viewpoint, Archaeology and Modernity discusses the modern emphasis on method rather than ethics or meaning, our understanding of change in history and nature, the role of the nation-state in forming our views of the past, and contemporary notions of human individuality, the mind, and materiality.

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About the author (2004)

Julian Thomas teaches at the Institute for Social Research at the Swinburne University of Technology. He is the coeditor of the Scribe Short Books series, and his articles have appeared in American Behavioral Scientist and Southern Review.

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