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Special Collection

Geographic and Spatial Approaches in the History of Archaeology

Collection launched: 27 May 2015

Archaeologists have been long aware of spatial variability in fieldwork, yet we do not fully understand how and why these spatial patterns came to be and how they influence the interpretation of archaeological data. At a moment when the humanities and social sciences are amidst a sustained and significant reorientation of scholarship with the reintroduction of geographic concepts in research, a special collection showcasing geographic and spatial approaches in the history of archaeology is timely and innovative. Papers in this collection draw upon sources such as journals, newspapers, personal field journals, photographs and maps, expanding upon established methods in the history of archaeology, and simultaneously deepening our understanding of the practice of archaeology in particular societies, including Canada, the United States and India. Through critical analysis of archaeological field studies, contributors explore the complex interlinkages between knowledge, space and power. In so doing, they highlight the influence of social and political factors in archaeological practice and enable insights on the role of individuals in making and maintaining particular views of the past. This in turn sheds light on ideas that had real impacts in society. Geographic and Spatial Approaches in the History of Archaeology, thus, will be of interest to a range of humanities and social science scholars.