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Classical archaeology of Greece : experiences of the discipline
Shanks, Michael.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1997.

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xiii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Archaeologists do not discover the past but take the fragmentary remains which they recover and make something of them. Archaeology is a process of detection and supposition; this is what makes it so fascinating. However, the interpretations of archaeologists differ and change over time. They depend upon the amount of evidence available, the ideas and preconceptions of the archaeologist and their interests and aims.
Michael Shanks's enlivening work is a guide to the discipline of classical archaeology and its objects. It assesses archaeology as a means of reconstructing ancient Greek society using the latest approaches of social archaeology. In addition, The Classical Archaeology of Greeceoutlines the history of the discipline and discusses why Classical Greece continues to fascinate us and why it has had such an impact on European civilization and identity.

Author Notes

Michael Shanks is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
An Introductionp. 1
1 A Search for Sourcesp. 9
2 Cities and Sanctuaries, Art and Archaeologyp. 22
3 Greek Myths and Metanarrativesp. 53
4 Scholarship and Discoursep. 92
5 Rudiments of a Social Archaeologyp. 119
6 Some Topics and Issues in a Social Archaeology of Classical Greecep. 156
7 Archaeology, Classics and Contemporary Culturep. 169
Select Bibliography and Suggested Further Readingp. 183
Indexp. 194