ABSTRACT

Archaeology has always been riven with disputes over interpretations of the past, methodology or theory. Debate is a natural part of any academic subject. It is only through contesting ideas with others that we can improve our understanding, reject obviously false ideas and make our understanding of the past even remotely accurate. Sometimes a new theory or new evidence can overturn what we thought we knew. At other times, different people will see different things in the same evidence. For many archaeologists, this is the fascination of the subject. The past is endlessly fought over and debated. Different understandings can arise and our ideas of the past can change.