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Crossing the divide : opening a dialogue on approaches to Western European first millennium BC studies.

Moore, T. and Armada, X-L. (2012) 'Crossing the divide : opening a dialogue on approaches to Western European first millennium BC studies.', in Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC : crossing the divide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-77.

Abstract

With the plethora of articles and volumes on the Iron and Bronze Age in Western Europe some might argue that the study of the first millennium BC is in rude health. Look more closely, however, and deep divisions can be traced between, and within, European first millennium BC studies. Indeed, we might argue that the period has witnessed an increasing theoretical and methodological divide between the approaches taken in different European countries. Varied national agendas and theoretical paradigms have increasingly led to a disjuncture and unfamiliarity between the archaeologies of Europe, even of, and between, areas which are in relative close proximity (Jones and Graves-Brown 1996: 13). Rather than increasing integration in European archaeologies (Lodewijckx 2001: 5) we are seeing increasing claims of division (Kristiansen 2008; Harding 2009). At the same time, research has increasingly focused on processes at local or regional scales, while broader geographic approaches and narratives have become perceived as rather old fashioned (Kristiansen 2008: 14–25). Despite this increasing distance between practitioners and practices little attention has been drawn to this as a fundamental challenge for study of the first millennium BC, either in national agendas or wider syntheses.

Item Type:Book chapter
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Status:Peer-reviewed
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Publisher statement:This is a draft of a chapter that was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book 'Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC : crossing the divide' edited by Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada and published in 2012.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:28 April 2015
Date of first online publication:January 2012
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