The Archaeology of the Event

  • Mark Staniforth
Part of the The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)


Archaeology has been, and to some extent still is, seen as the study of the non-literate, prehistoric or ancient past through the study of material remains. Doubtless there are as many definitions of archaeology as there are archaeologists but the notion that archaeology is about very old things remains one of the most pervasive. Even within definitions that seek to be deliberately broad, it is surprising how often antiquity manages to sneak into the definition as this example demonstrates:

archaeology … is the sum of studies bearing on material objects which may throw some light, in conjunction with other data, on the history and ways of life of ancient (my emphasis) peoples (specific events, daily activities, institutions, beliefs, etc.) (Gardin, 1980: 5).


Material Culture Archaeological Record Archaeological Evidence Historical Archaeology Historical Documentation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Staniforth
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  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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