W(h)ither archaeology

23rd January 2014

Colin Pardoe


Like inspecting your new suit in a dressing room with opposing mirrors, the endlessly reflecting stance of post-modernism effectively paralysed anthropologists in a crisis of confidence. How to do anthropology when the observer affects the observations, when cultural biases are so entrenched in text that the text and analysis is endlessly taken up with investigating itself? Archaeology has ripped off yet another body of theory (or as Americans so lovingly put it, ‘wannabe’ theory. Australians might prefer ‘wank’ theory). This time around it’s post-modernism.

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

Pardoe, C.
W(h)ither archaeology
June 1994
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