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Human Action and Deep Time: A Return to Time and Scale in Archaeology (Society for American Archaeol


This session seeks to explore the importance of long-term change and continuity in human society, culture, and environment through different archaeological perspectives. Archaeological discourse has shifted in the past few decades away from addressing the causative factors of long-term change or continuity, and towards exploring human society in the “ethnographic” time, focused on relatively narrow slices of time within a particular spatial or cultural context (with only superficial reference to larger time scales). This is largely a reaction to earlier attempts to examine large-scale or long-term change, which frequently produced deterministic explanations that reduced or ignored the agency of humans, or else was unable to explain how different time scales articulated with each other.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 11-12-13-14-15/04/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Washington D. C. (Washington, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Thomas Hardy (University of Pennsylvania) ; Stephen Berquist (University of Toronto)

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