ABSTRACT

Archaeological Theory in Dialogue presents an innovative conversation between five scholars from different backgrounds on a range of central issues facing archaeology today.

Interspersing detailed investigations of critical theoretical issues with dialogues between the authors, the book interrogates the importance of four themes at the heart of much contemporary theoretical debate: relations, ontology, posthumanism, and Indigenous paradigms. The authors, who work in Europe and North America, explore how these themes are shaping the ways that archaeologists conduct fieldwork, conceptualize the past, and engage with the political and ethical challenges that our discipline faces in the twenty-first century.

The unique style of Archaeological Theory in Dialogue, switching between detailed arguments and dialogical exchange, makes it essential reading for both scholars and students of archaeological theory and those with an interest in the politics and ethics of the past.

chapter 1

Introduction

Locating the book
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 2|20 pages

What do we Mean by Relational Anyway?

ByOliver J.T. Harris

chapter 3|15 pages

Discussing Relations

Typology, difference, and change
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 4|17 pages

Indigenous Alterity as Archaeological Praxis

ByLindsay M. Montgomery

chapter 5|16 pages

Discussing Indigenous Difference

Translation, ontology, and the future of European prehistory
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 6|16 pages

A Song of Byzantium

BySophie V. Moore

chapter 7|14 pages

Discussing Phenomenology and Posthumanism

Experience, assemblages, and beliefs
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 8|17 pages

Posthumanist Power

ByRachel J. Crellin

chapter 9|17 pages

Discussing Posthuman Approaches to Power

Marxism, politics, affect
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 10|18 pages

In Search of Different Pasts

ByCraig N. Cipolla

chapter 11|16 pages

Discussing Different Pasts

Categories, interdisciplinarity, and metaontologies
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore

chapter 12|19 pages

Conclusion

Continuing dialogues
ByRachel J. Crellin, Craig N. Cipolla, Lindsay M. Montgomery, Oliver J.T. Harris, Sophie V. Moore