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The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.003.0003
The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist

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There exists a more-than-century-old tradition of archaeology in the Mediterranean lands and the Near East. Because of the historical importance of the civilisations with which it deals, it occupies some place in the intellectual background of every educated individual. The general expectation of a brighter future for Aegean Bronze Age studies has found a measure of fulfilment in the diminishing concern with ‘events’. More than a century separates the two rival factions, with their mutually incompatible methodologies: those who rely on the calibrated radiocarbon dates, now reinforced and given added precision by dendrochronology, and those who maintain the synchronisms derived from dated episodes in Egypt and the Near East. The neglected victim of this and other debates remains the series of radiocarbon dates from within the Bronze Age Aegean itself, which is seldom subjected to systematic analysis in its own right — most Aegean prehistorians find it too deficient in precision to be useful to them — much less brought into confrontation with those from other parts of Europe.

Keywords: Mediterranean; archaeology; Near East; Bronze Age; Aegean; radiocarbon dates; dendrochronology; Egypt

Chapter.  6405 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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