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Archaeology as Cultural History: Words and Things in Iron Age Greece

ISBN: 978-0-631-19602-0
376 pages
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book shows the reader how much archaeologists can learn from recent developments in cultural history.
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List of Illustrations.

Preface and Acknowledgements.

Journal Abbreviations.

Part I:.

1. Archaeology as Cultural History.

Part II:.

2. Archaeologies of Greece.

3. Inventing a Dark Age.

Part III:.

4. Equality for Men.

5. Antithetical Cultures.

Part IV:.

6. The Past, the East, and the Hero of Lefkandi.

7. Rethinking Time and Space.

Part V:.

8. Conclusions.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, and is Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University. He was previously Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Chicago. His previous books include Burial and Ancient Society (1987), Death Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity (1992), Classical Greece: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies (ed., 1994), A New Companion to Homer (ed. with Barry Powell, 1997). and Democracy 2500? Questions and Challenges (ed. with Barry Powell, 1997). He has carried out extensive excavation in Britain and Greece and is currently publishing Iron Age remains from Lerna, Greece.
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  • Crosses the boundaries between history, classical studies and archaeology.

  • Shows students and scholars of archaeology what they can learn from text-aided cultural history.

  • Challenges the ways in which traditional archaeologists and historians have written about Greece discusses issues of current debate including gender, class and ethnicity.
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"... [a] new and appealing addition to the debates about 'what is archaeology'... Morris comes to interesting conclusions about how the Greeks, defining their relationship to a 'better' past and an alien but enticing 'East,' controlled their environment and constructed a domestic and political space requiring slavery and sharp gender distinctions." CHOICE <!--end-->

"Ian Morris' new book is a blast of fresh air ..." Journal of Hellenic Studies

"The way in which he ha sintegrated the archaeology is masterful ..." Antiquity

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