Archaeology in the Making is a collection of bold statements about archaeology, its history, how it works, and why it is more important than ever. This book comprises conversations about archaeology among some of its notable contemporary figures. They delve deeply into the questions that have come to fascinate archaeologists over the last forty years or so, those that concern major events in human history such as the origins of agriculture and the state, and questions about the way archaeologists go about their work. Many of the conversations highlight quite intensely held personal insight into what motivates us to pursue archaeology; some may even be termed outrageous in the light they shed on the way archaeological institutions operate – excavation teams, professional associations, university departments.

Archaeology in the Making is a unique document detailing the history of archaeology in second half of the 20th century to the present day through the words of some of its key proponents. It will be invaluable for anybody who wants to understand the theory and practice of this ever developing discipline.

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PART I The archaeological imagination

chapter 2|18 pages

Lewis Binford†

chapter 3|22 pages

Michael Brian Schiffer

chapter 4|21 pages

Patty Jo Watson

chapter 5|25 pages

Colin Renfrew

chapter 6|29 pages

Alison Wylie

chapter 7|17 pages

Ian Hodder

part |2 pages

PART II The workings of archaeology

chapter 8|23 pages

Adrian Praetzellis and Mary Praetzellis

chapter 9|21 pages

Kristian Kristiansen

chapter 10|19 pages

George L. Cowgill

chapter 11|25 pages

Alain Schnapp

chapter 12|19 pages

Susan E. Alcock and John F. Cherry

part |2 pages

PART III Politics

chapter 13|19 pages

Mark Leone

chapter 14|20 pages

Victor Buchli and Randall H. McGuire

chapter 15|18 pages

Margaret W. Conkey

chapter 16|27 pages

Ruth Tringham

chapter 17|17 pages

Lynn Meskell

chapter 18|28 pages

William L. Rathje† and Michael Shanks