Archaeology and Modernity

One of the ambitions of this blog is to publicize and further discuss the reviews published in the European Journal of Archaeology.

In issue 8 (2), Bruno David of Monash University, Australia, reviewed this volume:

Julian Thomas, Archaeology and Modernity. (London and New York: Routledge, 2004, 275 pp., pbk, ISBN 0 415 27157 6). £20.99.

This is a book that has already received much attention, rightly so. Our reviewer writes:

Thomas invites the reader to consider archaeological practice today as embedded in the West’s intellectual history. … In this book Thomas argues that the notions which make archaeology possible are deeply modernist in character.

Intriguingly, Bruno David considers this book as directly relevant to archaeology practised in a post-colonial world:

Not directly raised here, but at the forefront of this book’s implications comes the question of the place of archaeology for indigenous peoples who aim for an indigenous historicism with modernist engagements – indigenous peoples who have not given up their own worldviews but whose engagements incorporate modernist frameworks and archaeological historicisms.

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David concludes:

Archaeology and Modernity is one of the most powerful archaeology books I know. It promises to be of widespread interest in itself; alongside other texts, in particular indigenous critiques and constructs, it will, I suspect, allow archaeological practice to enter new historical dimensions.

The full review has been published as: Bruno David (2005) Review of J. Thomas, Archaeology and Modernity, London 2004. European Journal of Archaeology 8 (2), 193-194.

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