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Uncovering Theory Topic #2 Culture-History Starting in the mid-19th century, the culture-historical approach was the main method used by archaeologists to think about prehistoric cultures. In this paradigm, the geographical distribution of material culture was used to create timelines of major occurrences and cultural change. It was assumed that stylistic variation were a straightforward indicator … Continue reading

He Who Buys the Past Controls History: The Recent Hobby Lobby Controversy
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He Who Buys the Past Controls History: The Recent Hobby Lobby Controversy

When news broke of the participation of the Hobby Lobby conglomerate in smuggling and purchasing antiquities, I was initially hesitant about writing about such a major news story. But this case beautifully (and horrifically) illustrates why the antiquities trade and in turn looting are bad for archaeology. The sale of antiquities is a tale as … Continue reading

Why is archaeology important?
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Why is archaeology important?

There is an obvious answer here- archaeology helps us to understand our human past and to preserve this knowledge for future generations. Unfortunately, as I’m sure every archaeologist can attest it seems like archaeology has become irrelevant to the American public and government. As our culture comes to favor hard sciences, ‘progress’, and ‘innovation’ the … Continue reading