Archaeological data and economic interpretation (2006)

Author(s): Greene K

    Abstract: Archaeologists have been guilty of internalising discussions of material culture within schemes of classification and chronology, while ancient historians and economists have been content to concentrate upon documents and institutions 55. The literary conventions governing excavation reports and artefact catalogues are part of the problem, but another is that individuals vary considerably in their cognitive abilities; some find it easier to grapple with linguistic forms and literary devices than to conceptualise space and physical shape. The privileged position of the written above the material, combined with a long-established correlation between classical scholarship and social élites, has introduced cultural distance not only between archaeologists and ancient historians but within their disciplines, according to the character of individuals’ research.

      • Book Title: Ancient Economies, Modern Methodologies: Archaeology, comparative history, models and institutions
      • Volume: 12
      • Pages: 109-136
      • Publisher: Edipuglia
      • Publication type: Book chapter
      • Bibliographic status: Published

        Dr Kevin Greene
        Visiting Fellow (Archaeology)