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Later European Prehistory Group Lecture Series

Paul Halstead, (University of Sheffield) - Ancient mediterranean farming by analogy: The lessons, limitations and ethics of ethnoarchaeology and archaeological ethnography
When Feb 20, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Benson Hall, Magdalele College, CB3 0AG
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As a BA and PhD student of later prehistory at Cambridge, I never imagined that I would end up spending more research time observing and listening to living (if elderly) Mediterranean villagers than in digging archaeological sites. I will briefly reflect on how and why this came about, before describing some of the analogical projects in which I have been involved in the Mediterranean, what I think I have learned from them about the past (and perhaps the present), and to what extent these claimed insights are dependable. I will end by confronting some - to me – surprising recent charges that ethnoarchaeology is empirically useless, methodologically flawed and ideologically indefensible.

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