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In praise of depth

AuthorsGonzález-Ruibal, Alfredo
Issue DateDec-2011
PublisherCambridge University Press
CitationArchaeological Dialogues 18(2): 164-168 (2011)
AbstractI am totally for the archaeology in and of the present that Rodney Harrison defends in his powerful text. In fact, I have defended a similar idea elsewhere, although in a rather less eloquent and straightforward way. I have suggested that we could transform ethnoarchaeology, an archaeological subdiscipline that already deals with the present, into a true ‘archaeology of the present . . . that . . . deals with people that are alive and things that are in full use, and which accepts that all presents are entangled with a diversity of pasts in a percolating time’ (González-Ruibal 2006a, 112). With the author, I think that archaeological engagements should not be reduced to the past – understood as something remote and finished: archaeology can be a very creative way of dealing with the present, and even of transforming it. I also coincide with Harrison in considering that the archaeology of the contemporary past is less harassed than we tend to think and that we should be less anxious in defending ourselves against possible attackers and focusing more on creating exciting work.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1380203811000213
Identifiersissn: 1380-2038
e-issn: 1478-2294
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