Skip to main content Accessibility help

‘Always momentary, fluid and flexible’: towards a reflexive excavation methodology

  • Ian Hodder (a1)

Çatalhöyük, on the Konya Plain in south central Anatolia, in the 1960s became the most celebrated Neolithic site of western Asia: huge (21 hectares), with early dates, tightpacked rooms with roof access, exuberant mural paintings, cattle heads fixed to walls, dead buried beneath floors in collective graves.

This site, as difficult to excavcate as it is strange, is the object of a pioneering application of the ‘post-processual’ approach, hitherto largely a matter of re-working and criticism outside the trench. The Çatalhöyük project director explains his approach, in which the conclusions as well as the work in early progress will be ‘always momentary, fluid and flexible’.

Hide All
Anyon, R., Ferguson, T.J. Jackson, L. & Lane, L. 1996. Native American oral traditions and archaeology, Society for American Archaeology Bulletin 14(2): 1416.
Bapty, I. & Yates, T. 1990. Archaeology after structuralism. London: Routledge.
Barker, P. 1977. Techniques of archaeological excavation. 2nd edition (1982). London: Batsford.
Barrett, J. 1994. Fragments from antiquity. Oxford: Blackwell.
Carver, M. 1989. Digging for ideas, Antiquity 63: 666–74.
Carver, M. 1990. Digging for data: principles and procedures for evaluation, excavation and post-excavation in towns, Theory and practice of archaeological research 2: 255302. (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences.)
Castells, E. 1996. The rise of the network society. Oxford: Blackwell.
Conkey, M. & Tringham, R. 1995. Archaeology and The Goddess: exploring the contours of feminist archaeology, in Stewart, A. & Stanton, D. (eri), Feminisms in the academy : rethinking the disciplines: 199247. Ann Arbor (MI): University of Michigan Press.
Eiland, M.L. 1993 The past re-made: the case of oriental carpets, Antiquity 67: 859–63.
Featherstone, M. 1991. Consumer culture and postmodernism. London: Sage.
Featherstone, M., Lash, S. & Robertson, R. (ed.). 1995.Global modernities. London: Sage.
Forte, M. & Siliotti, A. 1997. Virtual archaeology. London: Thames & Hudson.
Gero, J. 1996. Archaeological practice and gendered encounters with field data, in Wright, R. (ed.). Gender and archaeology: 251–80. Philadelphia (PA): University of Pennsylvania Press.
Hodder, I. (ed.). 1996. On the surface: Çatalhöyük 1993-95. British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara and McDonald Institute, Cambridge.
Joukowsky, M. 1980. A complete manual of field archaeology. Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice Hall.
Joyce, R. 1994. Dorothy Hughes Popenoe: Eve in an archaeological garden, in Claassen, C. (ed.), Women in archaeology: 5166. Philadelphia (PA): University of Pennsylvania Press.
Leone, M., Potter, P. & Shackel, P. 1987. Toward a critical archaeology, Current Anthropology 28: 283302.
Lyotard, J.-F. 1984. The postmodern condition. Minneapolis (MN): University of Minnesota Press.
Lyotard, J.-F. 1991. The inhuman. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Mellaart, J., Hirsch, U. & Balpinar, B. 1989. The goddess from Anatolia. Milan: Eskenazi.
Meskell, L. 1995. Goddesses, Gimbutas and New Age archaeology, Antiquity 69: 7486.
Patrik, L. 1985. Is there an archaeological record? Advances in archaeological method and theory 8: 2762.
Porter, D. 1997. Internet culture. New York (NY): Routledge.
Shankland, D. 1996. The anthropology of an archaeological presence, in Hodder, (ed.): 349–57.
Spector, J. 1993. What this awl means. St Paul (MN): Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Thomas, J. 1996. Time, culture and identity. London: Routledge.
Thomas, S. 1996. On the use of hypertext in archaeological site interpretation. Paper presented at TAG, Liverpool, December.
Tllley, C. 1989. Archaeology as theatre, Antiquity 63: 275–80.
Tllley, C. 1994. A phenomenology of landscape. Oxford: Berg.
Trincham, R. 1994. Engendered places in prehistory, Gender, Place and Culture 1(2): 169203.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed