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Archaeology: The Discipline of Things

Bjørnar Olsen, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore


The “science of old things,” archaeology is marked by its care, obligation, and loyalty to things, from ancient cities in the Mexican heartland and megalithic monuments in Britain to the perfume jars of the ancient Greek city-state and Leica cameras. This book seeks to understand the diverse practices that arise through this disciplinary commitment to things.

Keywords: things, archaeology, care, symmetry, material culture, archaeological theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520274167
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bjørnar Olsen, author

Michael Shanks, author

Timothy Webmoor, author