The Languages of Archaeology: Dialogue, Narrative, and Writing
July 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
1 Introducing the First Voice: Rosemary Joyce.
2 Writing the Field of Archaeology: Rosemary Joyce and Robert W. Preucel.
3 Dialogues Heard and Unheard, Seen and Unseen: Rosemary Joyce.
4 A Second Voice: Crafting Cosmos: Jeanne Lopiparo.
5 Voices Carry Outside the Discipline: Rosemary Joyce, Carolyn Guyer, and Michael Joyce.
6 The Return of the First Voice: Rosemary Joyce.
7 Final Dialogues: Rosemary Joyce.
- Draws on literary theory to discuss the ways in which archaeologists have used language to reinforce their views of the past.
- Presents ideas about how language might be used to present a more satisfactory understanding of time and place in the archaeological record.
- Discusses the recent explosion of experimentation with new forms of writing within archaeology.
- Uses a selection of different kinds of archaeological texts to demonstrate how the creation of narrative binds together field archaeology with formal and informal presentations of interpretations.
–Lynn Meskell, Columbia University
"This is an engaging and readable study of a profoundly
neglected topic in archaeology. The Languages of Archaeology
constitutes an open and disarmingly honest investigation of how
archaeologists write and indeed construct the past through this
process. This is a highly innovative and groundbreaking piece of
research, in which the aim of retrieving dialogue from its
marginalized position is successfully achieved."
–Stephanie Moser, University of Southampton