Archaic modernity vs the high priesthood: On the nature of unstable archaeological/ palaeoanthropological orthodoxies
Epistemology, Modernity, Palaeolithic archaeology, Unstable orthodoxy
Rock Art Research
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.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Original Publication Date
Thompson, Jason Randall, "Archaic modernity vs the high priesthood: On the nature of unstable archaeological/ palaeoanthropological orthodoxies" (2014). Faculty Publications. 1458.