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Rewriting History: Changing Perceptions of the Past

Dennis Harding

Abstract

‘Every generation re-writes history in its own way’. Re-writing History applies Collingwood’s dictum to a series of topics and themes, some of which have been central to prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology for the past century or more, while some have been triggered by more recent changes in technology or social attitudes. Some issues are highly controversial, like the proposals for the Stonehenge World Heritage sites. Others challenge long-held popular myths, like the deconstruction of the Celts and by extension the Picts. Yet some traditional tenets of scholarship have gone unchallenge ... More

Keywords: Prehistory, interpretation, material culture, archaeological association, limits of inference, processualism, cognitive archaeology, palaeo-environment, genetics, civilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817734.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Harding, author