Faculty Publications

Title

Two cultures: Thought and practice in British and North American archaeology

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Academic organization, China, Estrangement, RAE

Journal/Book/Conference Title

World Archaeology

Volume

37

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

10

Abstract

Despite historical and linguistic connections, archaeology in North America and archaeology in Britain are alienated by a curious mixture of provincialism and mutual indifference. This estrangement is part of a larger cultural alienation that was decades in the making. Field methods and practice and academic organization of the discipline differ in ways that variously favor both regions. Yet, in other respects, British and North American archaeology share a cosmopolitan attraction to glamorous foreign places, a fondness that converged in recent years on China. Ironically, this shared worldliness does not extend to each one's serious contemplation of the other. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2005

DOI of published version

10.1080/0043824042000329531

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