Archaeology and Fieldwork
Chapter four digs deeper into the practices of excavation and fieldwork. Being the most distinctive feature of the archaeological being, excavation nevertheless has remained ambiguous in the formation of our identity. Providing archaeology with its trivialized popular image of exploration and discoveries in remote places, excavation has been seen as a potential threat toward “academic respectability.” In this chapter we outline the distinctiveness of archaeological fieldwork and the role it has played in the formation of archaeology.
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