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By Anders Andrén

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This booklet is ready old archaeologies around the world; approximately their background, their equipment, and their raison d'etre. the focal point is on an existential query for archaeology: no matter if investigations of mate­ rial tradition are worthwhile in any respect while learning societies with writing. Is it no longer enough to learn and interpret texts if we want to comprehend and clarify historic sessions? This publication has been written out of a conviction that archaeology is critical, even within the learn of literate societies. but the booklet has additionally been written out of a conviction that the significance of the old archaeologies isn't visible to every person. The disciplines tend to be marginalized in relation either to heritage and to archaeology and anthropology, as the archaeologi­ cal effects are often perceived as pointless confirmations of what's already identified. even though I regard theoretical issues as the most important for all scholarly paintings, i don't imagine that the answer to this marginalization are available in any "definitive" thought that would elevate the disciplines above the threatened tautology. in its place, i've got chanced on it extra vital to envision varied methodological techniques within the historic archaeologies, to enquire how fabric tradition and writ­ ing can and will be built-in. i'm confident that the tautological hazard might be prevented within the genuine come across of artifact and textual content. by means of problematizing this come across, i feel that it truly is attainable to create favorable methodological stipulations for brand new views at the past.

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In this context, however, I shall consider only the oldest and most distinctive traditions in the field, namely, Egyptology, Mesopotamian archaeology, and biblical archaeology. The Origin or Cul-de-Sac of History: Egyptology Interest in pharaonic Egypt goes back a long way. Greek writers regarded Egypt as the origin of culture. ). In modern Europe, however, there has long been a cleavage in the attitude to ancient Egypt. During the Enlightenment, Egypt was admired for its political system, but when Greece was defined in the first half of the nineteenth century as the origin of Europe, many people dismissed Egypt as a "cul-de-sac" in the history of civilization.

With the modern breakthrough around 1900 in architecture, art, and literature, the need for historical examples was rejected. ). ; d'Agostino, 1991). Generally speaking, greater attention was paid to "nonexemplary" periods and phenomena, such as Greek prehistory, archaic art, and late antiquity. A diametrically opposed trend was the extreme exploitation of classical ideas in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. In these cases the exemplary nature of antiquity was emphasized by the direct association of the excavation, uncovering, and restoration of ancient monuments with political propaganda.

The interest in the landscape as a whole is mainly a postwar phenomenon (Figure 4). In Italy the first landscape surveys were carried out under the leadership of John WardPerkins, in southern Etruria in the 1950s (Potter, 1979). In Greece, landscape archaeology was introduced in earnest by the American Messenia expedition in the 1960s (McDonald and Rapp, 1972). In the 1970s and 1980s this kind of intensive survey had become an integral part of classical archaeology, having developed into a distinct form of fieldwork, with its own methods, problems, and potential (Barker and Lloyd, 1991; Keller and Rupp, 1983).

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