Faculty Publications

Title

Archaic modernity vs the high priesthood: On the nature of unstable archaeological/ palaeoanthropological orthodoxies

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Epistemology, Modernity, Palaeolithic archaeology, Unstable orthodoxy

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Rock Art Research

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

131

Last Page

156

Abstract

In this article, the author presents a dialogue regarding various aspects of 'modernity' as it is conventionally expressed in the archaeological and palaeoanthropological literature. The structure of the Africanist model of 'behavioural modernity' is used to illustrate some very troubling aspects of American academics: The construction and use of temporary 'unstable orthodoxies' as means of economic niche construction by the same professionals who also function to police much of archaeological and palaeoanthropological publishing, hiring and grant-reviewing.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

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