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Prehistorians Round the Pond
Reflections on Aegean Prehistory as a Discipline

By John Cherry, Despina Margomenou and L. E. Talalay

Prehistorians Round the Pond
Paperback, 179 pages £16.00
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780974187310
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Kelsey Museum Publications
Series: Kelsey Museum Publications

This volume represents a pioneering examination of the nature and identities of Aegean prehistory as a discipline. Emerging from a workshop that generated lively debate among a wide cross-section of scholars, it offers one of the first published attempts to situate Aegean prehistory within a modern self-critical and reflexive context. The chapters and commentaries together yield a multidisciplinary discourse, covering such topics as the current health and academic status of the field, the political and social parameters of the discipline, the relationship between Aegean prehistory and Hellenism, and the discovery of the "Aegean" by Greek modernists.

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1. Reflections on the 'Aegean' and its prehistory: present routes and future destinations   Despina Margomenou, John F. Cherry and Lauren E. Talalay

2. 'Just the facts, Ma'am': surveying Aegean prehistory's state of health   John F. Cherry and Lauren E. Talalay

3. A profile of Aegean prehistorian in the 1990s   Tracey Cullen

4. The landscapes of modern Greek Aegean archaeology   Stelios Andreou

5. Embedding Aegean prehistory in institutional practice: a view from one of its North American centers   Jack L. Davis and Evi Gorogianni

6. The Aegean prehistorian's role in classical studies today   Bryan E. Burns

7. Greek modernists' discovery of the Aegean, or How the Aegean came to occupy Greece's center   Artemis Leontis

Commentary and response

8. Round a bigger pond   Colin Renfrew

9. On our political relevance?   Michael Fotiadis

10. Whither Aegean prehistory?   Yannis Hamilakis

John F. Cherry is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.

Despina Margomenou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Lauren E. Talalay is Associate Director and Curator at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 179 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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