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ArchaeologyThe Discipline of Things$
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Bjørnar Olsen, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274167

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274167.001.0001

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Engagements with Thing

Engagements with Thing

The Making of Archaeology

(p.36) Chapter 3 Engagements with Thing

Bjørnar Olsen

Michael Shanks

Timothy Webmoor

Christopher Witmore

University of California Press

Chapter three revisits the history of archaeological engagements to tell a different story concerning the formation of archaeology as a recognizable ecology of practices, by which we are referring to archaeology as a specific community and a distinctive habitat. Here, as part of the diverse makeup of this habitat, the missing masses of showcases and diagrams, museum rooms and corridors, institutes and chairs, periodicals and diaries, theodolites and cameras, conference dinners and hotel bars are reintroduced to form a thicker account of how archaeology became visible and normalized as a distinct disciplinary practice.

Keywords:   ecology of practices, museums, disciplines, photography

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