Archaeology, a destructive process – but soul-destroying?

In late September, the recipients of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants were announced, among them a history professor at Boston College, Robin Fleming. In press articles, the foremost reason cited for Fleming’s success was her “artful blending of archaeological and textual sources”. This annoyed many archaeologists. Please do not misunderstand; this is not a statement on the quality of Fleming’s academic work or whether it merited the grant. It is rather a commentary on the representation of archaeology that accompanied it…

via Archaeology, a destructive process – but soul-destroying?.

This post is my contribution to the series commissioned by History Matters in response to the award of the MacArthur ‘genius’ prize to the historian Robin Fleming for her work on archaeological sources. All of the blogs in this series will appear here – on the History Matters website – as they are posted.

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