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REREADING RETHINKING ARCHAEOLOGY: WHAT THE PRESENT CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST

REREADING RETHINKING ARCHAEOLOGY: WHAT THE PRESENT CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST © Brill, Leiden 2000 JEAA 2, 1–2 REREADING RETHINKING ARCHAEOLOGY : WHAT THE PRESENT CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST BY ERIKA E.S. EVASDOTTIR (University of British Columbia) This book does not run a straight course from beginning to end. It hunts; and in the hunting, it sometimes worries the same raccoon in different trees, or different raccoons in the same tree, or even what turns out to be no raccoon in any tree. It Ž nds itself balking more than once at the same barrier and taking off on different trails. It drinks often at the same streams and stumbles over some cruel territory. And it counts not the kill but what is learned of the territory explored. —Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking I see the immediate future as a period in which contending and comple- mentary hypotheses are being designed from one area and one epoch to the next. There are too many unknowns, and archaeological theory has too many pitfalls for any one of us to be complacent about [his or her] little schemes, devised on the basis of a single area and a single epoch with which [he or she] is personally familiar, to be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

REREADING RETHINKING ARCHAEOLOGY: WHAT THE PRESENT CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 2 (1): 343 – Jan 1, 2000

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Brill
Copyright
© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1387-6813
eISSN
1568-5233
DOI
10.1163/156852300509754
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© Brill, Leiden 2000 JEAA 2, 1–2 REREADING RETHINKING ARCHAEOLOGY : WHAT THE PRESENT CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST BY ERIKA E.S. EVASDOTTIR (University of British Columbia) This book does not run a straight course from beginning to end. It hunts; and in the hunting, it sometimes worries the same raccoon in different trees, or different raccoons in the same tree, or even what turns out to be no raccoon in any tree. It Ž nds itself balking more than once at the same barrier and taking off on different trails. It drinks often at the same streams and stumbles over some cruel territory. And it counts not the kill but what is learned of the territory explored. —Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking I see the immediate future as a period in which contending and comple- mentary hypotheses are being designed from one area and one epoch to the next. There are too many unknowns, and archaeological theory has too many pitfalls for any one of us to be complacent about [his or her] little schemes, devised on the basis of a single area and a single epoch with which [he or she] is personally familiar, to be

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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