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Writing (pre)history: narrative and archaeological explanation in the New Guinea Highlands

Ballard, Christopher


The role of narrative in explanation has received considerable attention in most of the disciplines concerned with questions of historical process, including history, geology, psychoanalysis and palaeo-anthropology. Archaeologists, however, have been curiously reluctant to consider the proposition that their reconstructions of the past are fundamentally narrative in character. An argument is put forward for the serious study of narrative in archaeology, and three case studies from the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania


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