Revelations: Comments on Interpreting the Early Modern World

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


Soon after I agreed to comment on the chapters in this volume Clifford Geertz died (2006) and I thought re-reading his work might provide a useful context for organizing my thoughts. Since we interpretive archaeologists are all so obviously influenced by Geertz, it seemed like a good opportunity to examine exactly how our ongoing practice reflects his ideas. I did not get very far with the re-reading project and the chapters only recently arrived on my desk making the immediacy of Geertz’s passing seem less pertinent to the task. Besides, a good deal has been written about what an interpretive archaeology


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  1. 1.John Milner Associates, Inc.PhiladelphiaUSA

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