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Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking down the Boundaries

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Some classicists still deal with the ancient world as if archaeological evidence is of little relevance to their work. This can mean that territories or subjects for which there is little textual evidence can be marginalised or not studied at all. Similarly, many historical archaeologists, dissatisfied with their ancillary role, assert that material evidence for the ancient world can and should be studied independently.

Though efforts are being made--in some quarters at least--to erode these disciplinary boundaries, in others they have become increasingly fossilized, and rifts within subjects are leading to ever more isolated sub disciplines. While representatives of each different specialism may believe they have found the path to historical truth, the real truth is that the straitjackets of disciplinary boundaries--whether generations old or fashionably novel--are stifling innovation, creativity, and the possibility of illuminating the past with all the knowledge at our disposal.

This collection of pieces from international contributors explores the separation of the study of the human past into history and archaeology, challenging its validity and asking how we can move to a holistic approach. While the focus is on the ancient world, particularly Greece and Rome, the lessons that emerge are significant for the study of any place and time.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Eberhard W. Sauer; The disunited subject: human history's split into 'history' and 'archaeology'/ Eberhard W. Sauer; Breaking down boundaries: the experience of the multi-disciplinary Olympias project/ Boris Rankov; The Aegean Melting Pot: history and archaeology for historians and prehistorians/ Alkis Dialismas; Field sports: engaging Greek archaeology and history; Lin Foxhall; Myth, expectations and the divide between disciplines in the study of classical Greece / Janett Morgan; The uneasy dialogue between ancient history and archaeology/ Ray Laurence; A matter of personal preference? The relevance of different territories and types of evidence for Roman history / Eberhard W. Sauer; A house divided: the study of Roman art and the art of Roman Britain/ Martin Henig; Tacitus, Agricola and the role of literature in the archaeology of the first century AD/ Birgitta Hoffmann; Herodotus and the Amazons meet the Cyclops: philology, osteoarchaeology and the Eurasian Iron Age/ Eileen M. Murphy; Celtoscepticism - A convenient excuse for ignoring non-archaeological evidence?/ Raimund Karl

Product Details

ISBN:
9780203643716
Publisher:
Routledge
Subject:
Education : Teaching Methods & Materials - Arts & Humanities
Editor:
Sauer, Eberhard W.
Edited by:
Eberhard W. Sauer
Author:
Sauer, Eberhard W.
Author:
Eberhard W. Sauer
Subject:
Social Science : Archaeology
Subject:
History : Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology and history
Subject:
Classical antiquities
Subject:
Mediterranean region
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Education » Teaching » Art
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