Why History of Archaeology Matters?

  • Staša Babić Department of Archaeology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
Keywords:
history of archaeology, global/local, transfer of concepts, social role and importance of archaeology

Abstract

Over the last decades, in the framework of the wider critical reassessments of archaeological theory and practice, especially in the English-speaking literature, a number of writings have been published, pointing to the origins and theoretical background in which some of the basic concepts of the discipline were developed. The very essence of archaeology has thus been situated into the cultural, political and ideological context of Western Europe at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. On the other hand, by the end of the 19th century this strategy of study into the past has become a part of the academic life in other contexts (such as Serbia), where the general circumstances were utterly different. However, the basic concepts were transferred from their original setting, inevitably undergone transformations, and then applied with long-lasting consequences. Therefore, the importance of the study of the history of archaeology in various local settings surpasses local concerns, but contributes to deeper understanding of the social role and importance of archaeological research in general.

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Published
2011-09-05
How to Cite
Babić, Staša. 2011. “Why History of Archaeology Matters?”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 6 (3), 565-77. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v6i3.1.

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