Time, Culture, and Identity: An Interpretative Archaeology

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Social Science - 267 pages
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Drawing on the work of Heidegger, Thomas develops a way of writing about the past in which time is seen as central to the emerging identities of people and things, and the temporal structures of humans, places and artefacts as radically similar.Throughout its history, time, material culture and human identity have been central concerns of archaeology. These issues are fundamental to the discipline, and yet they are rarely explicitly discussed together.Time, Culture and Identity questions the modern western distinctions between nature/culture, mind/body, and object/subject, arguing that in important senses the temporal structures of human beings, artefacts and places are radically similar. Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Julian Thomas develops a way of writing about the past in which time is seen as central to the emergence of the identities of people and objects.
 

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Contents

After Descartes Archaeology culture and nature
11
Time and the subject
31
Material things and their temporality
55
Place and temporality
83
The descent of the British Neolithic
95
Later Neolithic Britain Artefacts with personalities
141
Time place and tradition Mount Pleasant
183
Archaeology and meaning
234
Bibliography
239
Index
260
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Julian Thomas is Lecturer in Archaeology at Southampton University. He is the Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress. His previous publications include Rethinking the Neolithic(1991) and numerous articles on European prehistory and archaeological theory.

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