chapter  2
THE DISUNITED SUBJECT
Human history’s split into ‘history’ and ‘archaeology’
ByEBERHARD W . SAUER
Pages 30

Yet the question must be allowed as to why researchers into the past are subdivided into two distinct factions – those who deal with the written sources and those who focus on the material evidence for human history. The fundamental questions asked by both are identical; it could be argued that the sole difference lies in the sources of information that are neglected in attempting to answer them. This may appear to be self-evident to some scholars (but by no means all) who do indeed try to take all the evidence into consideration. Then, however, the question arises for what purpose the boundary between the ‘two disciplines’ is maintained (or, indeed, the boundaries between specialist subjects within them).