- Archaeology is part of the hugely successful, rationalist, empirical, scientific Enlightenment project to find out what the world really is and has been like.
- Archaeology is one of the disciplines within this project responsible (in close interdisciplinary cooperation) for finding out what life was like for people in the past.
- Archaeology alone takes care of the study of material remains of past societies.
- All enquiry that does not concern the life-ways of people in the past and/or does not study material remains is non-archaeology.
- All non-rationalist enquiry is non-science and thus non-archaeology.
- All impressionist-aesthetic commentary is non-science and thus non-archaeology.
- Politics are about values and thus non-science. Archaeology should therefore resist all attempts from inside and outside the discipline to ascribe political relevance to it.. . .
Friday, July 25, 2008
Rundkvist, Martin. "Against Theoretical Archaeology." AARDVARCHAEOLOGY July 23, 2008.