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Whither archaeology?

  • Evžen Neustupný
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Few archaeologists (or prehistorians) would agree on a comprehensive definition of their science. There is not even a unanimous answer to the question whether it deserves the proud (or debasing?) designation ‘science’. Anyway, most of those who feel themselves concerned with modern archaeology would presumably admit that this peculiar human activity has two important aspects. First, it is connected with the study of material remains left behind by ancient man. Secondly, its aim is to recover at least some aspects of man’s past, mainly those unrecorded by written documents.

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The two essays in our Whither archaeology? competition which seemed to the judges the best were those by Dr Evžen Neustupný and Professor Glynn Isaac and the prize was shared between them. We now print Dr. Neustupný's essay and will print Professor Isaac's essay in the next issue. Dr Neustupný is on the staff of the Archaeological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has contributed on previous occasions to this journal, and was, with his father, Dr Jiri Neustupný, one of the authors of the volume on Czechoslovakia in the ‘Ancient Peoples and Places’ series.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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