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By Chris Gosden

Anthropolgy and Archaeology presents a important and much-needed creation to the theories and strategies of those inter-related subjects.
This quantity covers the historic dating and modern pursuits of archaeology and anthropology. It takes a vast historic method, surroundings the early background of the disciplines with the colonial interval within which the Europeans encountered and tried to make experience of many different peoples. It indicates how the themes are associated via their curiosity in kinship, economics and symbolism, and discusses what each one give a contribution to debates approximately gender, fabric tradition and globalism within the post-colonial world.

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Pitt Rivers, like the Tradescants before him, made an extensive ethnographic collection and gave it to Oxford University, exactly 200 years after Ashmole’s gift, in 1883. Between Pitt Rivers and the Tradescants is a gulf of time which saw the movement from colony to empire, all the thought of the Enlightenment, the recognition of European prehistory and much more. As a thread to follow through these complicated passages of history I shall examine the concept of Europe, which grew up in this time, partly through distinction from the rest of the world.

If each culture has its own cosmology it could be said that each had their own notion of truth. This idea is encapsulated in the term ‘social epistemology’, which explores the idea that truth derives from a cosmology and a shared common sense. For instance, feminist critiques of scientific The role of fieldwork 35 endeavours attempt to expose male biases, such as an emphasis on rational thought and deductivelogic, the tendency to analyse by breaking a problem down into parts, rather than more holistic forms of analysis, and an insistence on control over natural or social phenomena.

It must be pointed out that no individual or group would have had a total map of all these areas and, for instance, the north Atlantic was really only known by the voyaging Irish and Vikings. Also, compared to the Mongols, European knowledge of Eurasia was very poor. As a western peninsula of Eurasia Europeans knew areas adjacent to them, but had no knowledge of Southeast Asia and very little of China and India. China was almost unknown to Greece and Rome and, although the Romans had a good knowledge of India, in the post-Roman period contacts broke down and this knowledge decayed.

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