It cannot be taken for granted that subjects such as classical archaeology, Japanese archaeology, Peruvian archaeology, and American historical archaeology should be viewed as a unit. This perspective has been hinted at in the last 25 years (Schuyler, 1970), but it is only in the last 10 years that the view has attracted serious attention. My work is thus one of several contributions to a relatively new archaeological debate that assumes that the boundaries between the individual specialities can and should be crossed. The overall aim is, with the aid of methodological problems, to start a boundary-crossing discussion that will be rewarding both for the individual subjects and for archaeology as a whole.
KeywordsMaterial Culture Historical Archaeology Methodological Perspective Individual Speciality Literate Society
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