Interpretive Historical Archaeologies

  • Laurie A. Wilkie

In agreeing to do this chapter, I convinced myself that the task would be easier than it actually has been. I found that it was easier to recognize what made an interpretive historical archaeology than to explicitly define what made one so. As I sat at my computer, agonizing how to begin, I realized that perhaps I needed to begin with an example. It occurred to me that I regularly do a performance of interpretive historical archaeology every time I am introduced to a new person in a social setting that forces me to reveal my occupation as an archaeologist—a scenario that many of the readers will recognize. The performance begins with the inevitable question, the one question that every archaeologist is asked by new acquaintances.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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