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Author Cooper, Anwen
Title Prehistory in practice : a multi-stranded analysis of British archaeology, 1975-2010 / Anwen Cooper
Imprint Oxford, England : Archaeopress, 2013
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 傅{21426  WX DA90 B223  v.577    AVAILABLE    30530001238286
Descript vi, 166 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
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Series BAR British series ; 577
BAR British series ; 577
Note Slight Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Reading, 2010), under title: Transformations in British prehistoric research practice, 1980-2010
"This study examines developments in British archaeology over the last 30 years or so (between 1975-2010), focusing in particular on transformations in prehistoric research. Ultimately it seeks to foreground the extent to which recent historical developments (at all levels of the discipline and in various working contexts) are implicated in contemporary research practices. Advocating the need for taking a multi-stranded and interdisciplinary approach, I have consulted a range of sources -- digital archives, documentary and oral material -- and have drawn on ideas from archaeology, sociology, anthropology and oral history. Through a detailed analysis of a leading disciplinary newsletter, I highlight key concerns which have shaped archaeological practice over this period, and how particular roles and relationships have been defined and developed. By examining records and primary research outcomes of British prehistoric fieldwork, I develop a thorough understanding of how both data production and accounts of British prehistory have transformed. Based on evidence from 'life-history' interviews undertaken with prehistorians across the discipline, I identify and explore themes which connected the diverse experiences of these practitioners: the notions that archaeology has undergone a process of 'professionalisation' over this period, and that it is chronically (and indeed increasingly) 'fragmented' socially. I consider not only the varied ways in which British prehistorians have understood these issues, but also how such beliefs actually operate to shape research practices."--Abstract, p. 5
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-166)
Subject Prehistoric peoples -- Research -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Prehistoric peoples -- Research -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Research -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Research -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century
Archaeology -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Archaeology -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century
Great Britain -- Antiquities -- Research -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- Antiquities -- Research -- History -- 21st century
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Great Britain
Archaeologists -- Great Britain
Alt Title Analysis of British archaeology, 1975-2010
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