social archaeology

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A subdiscipline of archaeology developed in the 1970s by Colin Renfrew and others which follows the contention, widely held in Anglo‐American archaeology, that understanding the archae ological past must involve reconstructing past societies and social practices in their totality; that artefacts and other archaeological finds must be placed in a social context. Taking a lead from anthropological and sociological enquiries this means taking a ‘top‐down’ view by focusing on the systems, institutions, and organization of society before attempting to look at the role of the individual and their actions.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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