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Prehistoric Archaeology in Central Europe: Beyond diversity



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Anthropologie : [international journal of human diversity and evolution]
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords archaeological theory; artefact; communication; environment; history of archaeology; reflexivity
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Description This paper introduces a Special Issue of the journal Anthropologie based on the papers that were presented at the conference Theory and Method in the Prehistoric Archaeology of Central Europe, which was held in 2012 in Mikulov, Czech Republic. The papers cover a wide range of theoretical and methodological themes related to prehistory of Central Europe. Themes covered in this issue include human-environmental interactions, significance of artefacts, long-term processes, and reflexivity. Despite the diverse nature of the papers, there are two common threads emerging in this Special Issue. The first one is the relationship between archaeology and other disciplines and the second one is the tension between national archaeological traditions and internationalisation of archaeological practise. We argue that Central Europe is well suited for the exchange of ideas related to archaeological theory and methodology because of its geography and history. It is the space where various archaeologies and archaeologists can meet, present their arguments, negotiate their theoretical positions, and produce new knowledge.

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