Archaeology: the discipline of things

‘Ta archaia’, quite literally ‘old things’ are at the etymological root of archaeology. So a concern with things, an obligation to ‘materiality’, a commitment to landscape runs to the heart of the profession.

(…) Archaeology and its changing faces are also products of the proliferation of instruments and media, of changing modes of material engagement with the past. This is the material component of disciplinary practice ignored in most histories of archaeology.

via Symmetrical Archaeology on ARCHAEOLOGY: THE DISCIPLINE OF THINGS by Bjørnar Olsen, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor and Christopher Witmore