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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Archaeology, memory and oral tradition: An introduction
Author(s): Jones, Sian
Russell, Lynette
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Keywords: Memory
Oral history
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Date Deposited: 10-Jul-2016
Citation: Jones S & Russell L (2012) Archaeology, memory and oral tradition: An introduction. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 16 (2), pp. 267-283.
Abstract: This paper serves as an introduction to this special edition of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology on the theme of archaeology, memory and oral history. Recent approaches to oral history and memory destabilise existing grand narratives and confront some of the epistemological assumptions underpinning scientific archaeology. Here we discuss recent approaches to memory and explore their impact on historical archaeology, including the challenges that forms of oral and social memory present to a field traditionally defined by the relationship between material culture and text. We then review a number of themes addressed by the articles in this volume.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10761-012-0177-y
Rights: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 16(2), 2012, pp. 267-­283 by Springer, All rights reserved. © Siân Jones and Lynette Russell. The final version is available via

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