Book ID: CBB344005727

Nature and Antiquities: The Making of Archaeology in the Americas (2014)


Nature and Antiquities examines the relation between the natural sciences, anthropology, and archaeology in the Americas in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taking the reader across the Americas from the Southern Cone to Canada, across the Andes, the Brazilian Amazon, Mesoamerica, and the United States, the book explores the early history of archaeology from a Pan-American perspective. The volume breaks new ground by entreating archaeologists to acknowledge the importance of ways of knowing that resulted from the study of nature in the history of archaeology. Some of the contributions to this volume trace the part conventions, practices, and concepts from natural history and the natural sciences played in the history and making of the discipline. Others set out to uncover, reassemble, or adjust our vision of collections that research historians of archaeology have disregarded or misrepresented--because their nineteenth-century makers would refuse to comply with today's disciplinary borders and study natural specimens and antiquities in conjunction, under the rubric of the territorial, the curious or the universal. Other contributions trace the sociopolitical implications of studying nature in conjunction with 'indigenous peoples' in the Americas--inquiring into what it meant and entailed to comprehend the inhabitants of the American continent in and through a state of nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Hall, Kathleen
Hammarberg, Melvyn
Kuklick, Henrika
Preucel, Robert W
Kuklick, Bruce
Igo, Sarah E.
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Archeoastronomy (Supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy)
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Latin American Research Review
University of Texas Press
University of New Mexico Press
Columbia University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Pennsylvania
Native American civilization and culture
Mayan civilization
Professions and professionalization
Moorehead, Warren King
Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
Pearson, Karl
South America
North America
19th century
20th century, early
Precolumbian period (America)
16th century
18th century

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