The History of Archaeology as Seen Through the Externalism-Internalism Debate: Historical Development and Current Challenges
Oscar Moro Abadía
Memorial University of Newfoundland, CA
While internalism and externalism are nothing more than two categories coined by historians of science during the 1960s (for an introduction to the internalism-externalism debate, see: Basalla 1968; Lakatos 1970; Ben-David 1971; Agassi 1981; Morrell 1981 and Shapin 1992), they are terms often used by historians of archaeology to define the two different interpretations of the history of their discipline (e.g. Meltzer 1989: 17–18; Trigger 2001: 635; Schlanger 2004: 165–166; Trigger 2006: 25; Díaz-Andreu 2007: 4; Kaeser 2008: 10). Why have these terms proven to be so popular?
How to Cite:
Abadía, O.M., 2009. The History of Archaeology as Seen Through the Externalism-Internalism Debate: Historical Development and Current Challenges. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 19(2), pp.13–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.19203
16 Nov 2009.