Historical Archaeology and Archaeological Practice in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

Author(s): Paul Belford

Year: 2013


Historical archaeology has become much more widely accepted in Europe in the last ten years The same period has also seen tremendous changes in the way archaeology is undertaken in many European countries. Some - such as the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands - have adopted an 'Anglo-Saxon' model of free-market capitalism within a regulatory framework; others - such as France and Poland - remain strongly wedded to a more traditional statist model. These methodological differences reflect - and to an extent uphold - long-standing cultural differences within Europe. This paper argues that there is relationship between approaches to archaeological practice and the quality and quantity of historical archaeology undertaken. It will ask whether a universal 'European' historical archaeology is possible (or even desirable), and suggest ways in which European historical archaeologies might evolve and develop in the next decade.

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Historical Archaeology and Archaeological Practice in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities. Paul Belford. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428413)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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