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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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Getting on with Things

Getting on with Things

A Material Metaphysics of Care

(p.196) Chapter 9 Getting on with Things

Bjørnar Olsen

Michael Shanks

Timothy Webmoor

Christopher Witmore

University of California Press

In the final chapter of this book we explore this issue and suggest care as a mode of getting on with things. Being a sensitive, responsive, and nondiscriminatory way of attending to things, care involves far-ranging consequences for how we conceive of Stonehenge, an exploded bunker, rusted barbed wire, or a Greek perfume jar in terms of heritage and meaning. Moreover, at excavation sites and in museums and laboratories all over the world, this mode has been essential to our disciplinary practices. It is more appropriate than ever to urge disciplinary confidence. Thus, what is needed today, we conclude, is an archaeology that looks back at its own past with wonderment, approaches it without embarrassment and contempt, seeks to revitalize its important legacy, and folds this into a future vision for the care of things.

Keywords:   care, ethics, heritage, archaeology

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