DescriptionThis volume provides the first critical examination of the relationship between archaeology and language, analysing the rhetorical practices through which archaeologists create representations of the past.
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.