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Beyond crusades: how (not) to engage with alternative archaeologies

Holtorf, Cornelius LU (2005) In World Archaeology 37(4). p.544-551
Abstract
Archaeologists have often felt uneasy when encountering alternative (fringe, cult, fantastic, pseudo-)

archaeologies. Some have suggested that alternative approaches and their results must be disproved,

while others have been calling for better public understanding of science. My contribution takes a

different point of view. I emphasize the social and cultural needs that both scientific and alternative

archaeologies address and suggest that the main significance of archaeology does not lie in the

specific insights gained about the past but in the very process of engaging with the material remains

of the past in the present. Critical understanding and dialogue, not dismissive polemics,... (More)
Archaeologists have often felt uneasy when encountering alternative (fringe, cult, fantastic, pseudo-)

archaeologies. Some have suggested that alternative approaches and their results must be disproved,

while others have been calling for better public understanding of science. My contribution takes a

different point of view. I emphasize the social and cultural needs that both scientific and alternative

archaeologies address and suggest that the main significance of archaeology does not lie in the

specific insights gained about the past but in the very process of engaging with the material remains

of the past in the present. Critical understanding and dialogue, not dismissive polemics, is the

appropriate way to engage with the multiple pasts and alternative archaeologies in contemporary

society. (Less)
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relativism, Alternative archaeologies, public archaeology, archaeology in contemporary society
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World Archaeology
volume
37
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4
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544 - 551
publisher
Taylor & Francis
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ISSN
0043-8243
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10.1080/00438240500395813
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English
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  abstract     = {Archaeologists have often felt uneasy when encountering alternative (fringe, cult, fantastic, pseudo-)<br/><br>
archaeologies. Some have suggested that alternative approaches and their results must be disproved,<br/><br>
while others have been calling for better public understanding of science. My contribution takes a<br/><br>
different point of view. I emphasize the social and cultural needs that both scientific and alternative<br/><br>
archaeologies address and suggest that the main significance of archaeology does not lie in the<br/><br>
specific insights gained about the past but in the very process of engaging with the material remains<br/><br>
of the past in the present. Critical understanding and dialogue, not dismissive polemics, is the<br/><br>
appropriate way to engage with the multiple pasts and alternative archaeologies in contemporary<br/><br>
society.},
  author       = {Holtorf, Cornelius},
  issn         = {0043-8243},
  keyword      = {relativism,Alternative archaeologies,public archaeology,archaeology in contemporary society},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {544--551},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {World Archaeology},
  title        = {Beyond crusades: how (not) to engage with alternative archaeologies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438240500395813},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2005},
}