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Title: Transformations in British prehistoric research practice, 1980-2010 : a multi-stranded approach
Author: Cooper, Anwen
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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This study examines developments in British archaeology over the last 30 years, focusing in particular on transformations in prehistoric research. Ultimately it seeks to foreground the extent to which recent historical developments (at all levels of the discipline and in various working contexts) are implicated in contemporary research practices. Advocating the need for taking a multi-stranded and interdisciplinary approach, I have consulted a range of sources - digital archives, documentary and oral material - and have drawn on ideas from archaeology, sociology, anthropology and oral history. Through a detailed analysis of a leading disciplinary newsletter, I highlight key concerns which have shaped archaeological practice over this period, and how particular roles and relationships have been defined and developed. By examining records and primary research outcomes of British prehistoric fieldwork, I develop a thorough understanding of how both data production and accounts of British prehistory have transformed. Based on evidence from 'life-history' interviews undertaken with prehistorians across the discipline, I identify and explore themes which connected the diverse experiences of these practitioners: the notions that archaeology has undergone a process of 'professionalisation' over this period, and that it is chronically (and indeed increasingly) 'fragmented' socially. I consider not only the varied ways in which British prehistorians have understood these issues, but also how such beliefs actually operate to shape research practices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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