Gordon Childe: Paradigms and patterns in prehistory

24th May 2014

Andrew Sherratt

Introduction*

Prehistorians, by the very nature of their task, must inevitably talk in metaphors. With no names or personal motivations around which to construct an account of past events, narrative accounts of prehistory can only describe the past by analogy. Equally inevitably, therefore, the metaphors of one generation seem inappropriate to the next one: prehistory is notable for the way in which it is constantly rewritten in the light of current experience.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Sherratt, A.
Gordon Childe: Paradigms and patterns in prehistory
June 1990
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