Archaeology, memory and oral tradition: An introduction

Siân Jones, Lynette Russell

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    This paper serves as an introduction to this special edition of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology on the theme of archaeology, memory and oral history. Recent approaches to oral history and memory destabilise existing grand narratives and confront some of the epistemological assumptions underpinning scientific archaeology. Here we discuss recent approaches to memory and explore their impact on historical archaeology, including the challenges that forms of oral and social memory present to a field traditionally defined by the relationship between material culture and text. We then review a number of themes addressed by the articles in this volume. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-283
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


    • Belonging
    • Heritage
    • Memory
    • Narrative
    • Oral history
    • Place


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