Steps Toward an Archaeology of Life

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This contribution is intended as a personal perspective on recent developments in archaeological thinking inspired by new materialism and post-humanism. It seeks to identify a middle position between symmetrical archaeology, which redefines the subject as a “discipline of things” and more biocentric approaches which render the material world as the environment or context of organisms. In arguing for
an “archaeology of life” it follows Tim Ingold in imagining an animate cosmos, while addressing the possibility of inorganic life, and of a continuum between organic and inorganic entities. It is suggested that such a perspective provides a conceptual apparatus for investigating such more-than-human phenomena as the European Neolithic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-211
JournalTrabalhos de Antropologia e Etnologia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • archaeology
  • new materialism
  • life


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