The Classical Archaeology of Greece: Experiences of the Discipline

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Archaeologists do not discover the past but take the fragmentary remains which they recover and make something of them. Archaeology is a process of detection and supposition; this is what makes it so fascinating. However, the interpretations of archaeologists differ and change over time. They depend upon the amount of evidence available, the ideas and preconceptions of the archaeologist and their interests and aims.
Michael Shanks's enlivening work is a guide to the discipline of classical archaeology and its objects. It assesses archaeology as a means of reconstructing ancient Greek society using the latest approaches of social archaeology. In addition, The Classical Archaeology of Greece outlines the history of the discipline and discusses why Classical Greece continues to fascinate us and why it has had such an impact on European civilization and identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172059
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/1997
  • Series: Experiences of Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Shanks is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
An Introduction
1 A Search for Sources
2 Cities and Sanctuaries, Art and Archaeology: Roots in the Past
A history of pottery studies
Typology and classification
Art and judgements of style
Pottery and the connoisseurs
Interlude: Sherlock Holmes, the doctor Watson and John Beazley
Iconographers and iconologists
Imperial collections and the big digs
Ancient history the historical event and descriptive narrative
3 Greek Myths and Metanarratives: From Winckelmann to Bernal
Collectors and antiquarians
Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Greek art
Constituting the art object
Vickers and Gill and the critique of ceramic art
Taste and the Greek
German academics and the idealisation of Greece
Classicism, Romanticism and neo-Classicism
Modern Greeks into the past
Hellenism and cultural politics
Anthropology and European origins
Orientalism and Bernal's critique of the constitution of the Greek
4 Scholarship and Discourse
Types of text
Communities and institutions
Interlude: Classical rhetoric - a theory of discourse
Ian Morris and 'Postmodernist Classical Archaeology'
Technologies of cultural production: rhetoric, winning friends and trust
The writing of history
5 Rudiments of a Social Archaeology
The sources
Ideologies of archaeology
Commentary and critique: objects and the character of archaeological interpretation
The need for a social archaeology of Classical Greece
Approaches to social archaeology
Pottery and social context
The Snodgrass school of Iron Age studies
Processual Classical archaeology: some summary points
The category of the decorative: on meaning and material culture
John Berger, Peter Fuller and lessons of idealist art history
Understanding the archaeological and a prehistory of the classical past
6 Some Topics and Issues in a Social Archaeology of Classical Greece
Chronology and time
Economic prehistory/archaeology
Social connections
Understanding style
Religion and ritual
Space, survey and landscape
7 Archaeology, Classics and Contemporary Culture
Nietzsche and the Classics
Nietzsche and effective history
Archaeological roles: vital histories for the present
Actuality: the time of archaeology
Classical heritage and consuming interests
Select bibliography and suggested further reading
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