Evestigation, nomethodology and deictics

Movements in un-disciplining archaeology

Authored by: Alejandro Haber

Reclaiming Archaeology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415673921
eBook ISBN: 9780203068632
Adobe ISBN: 9781135083533

10.4324/9780203068632.ch6

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Abstract

Much has been written and read about modern tropes and their criticism within and around archaeology. While this has amounted to an extensive theoretical debate, disciplinary assumptions – those that codify modern tropes – have been generally reiterated. A meta-theoretical consideration of archaeology is needed, where its epistemological and philosophical basis is to be scrutinized. Even less has been done in critical terms at a methodological level: research methodology appears as the hardest bedrock that works as a resistant foundation to modern/ colonial research and the reproduction of the corresponding episteme. In the following pages, I will focus on methodology in relationship to a meta-theoretical criticism of modern/colonial archaeology and research.

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