Speaking of Orientalism…

A great article in the Times today; it brings me back to some of my earlier readings of Said’s Orientalism and advocates what I think is sound logic for the continued relevance of post-processual archaeologies into the 21st century. Even as someone who engages in an earth-sciences oriented archaeology, I soundly believe that language structures thought, and thought (ie. belief-systems, worldview) is contingent on specific histories. Some of what Science gives us, an over-emphasis on nomothetic principles (which are important for methodological rigor) can lead us astray as well, so why not be both, phenomenological and experimental – at least, so I feel.



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