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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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Digging Deep

Digging Deep

Archaeology and Fieldwork

(p.58) Chapter 4 Digging Deep

Bjørnar Olsen

Michael Shanks

Timothy Webmoor

Christopher Witmore

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   fieldwork, excavation, collectives, instruments, management

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