Book Announcement: Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology

Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp215, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology, edited by Ana Vale, Joana Alves-Ferreira and Irene Garcia Rovira.

Although comparative exercises are used or applied both explicitly and implicitly in a large number of archaeological publications, they are often uncritically taken for granted. As such, the authors of this book reflect on comparison as a core theme in archaeology from different perspectives, and different theoretical and practical backgrounds. The contributors come from different universities and research contexts, and approach themes and objects from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages, presenting case studies from Western Europe, the Near East and Latin America. The chapters here also relate archaeology with other disciplines, like art studies, photography, cinema, computer sciences and anthropology, and will be of interest to a wide range of readers, not only archaeologists and those interested in the area of social sciences, but for all those interested in how we construct the past today.

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About the Editors

Ana Vale is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences, Portugal. Her research focuses on the study of Late Neolithic enclosures (mainly in the Iberian Peninsula), and brings together the study of material culture and architectural histories in order to produce an understanding of the nature and temporality of the “use” of these sites.

Joana Alves-Ferreira is a final-year PhD candidate, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences, Portugal. Her research focuses on the concept of the Neolithic in Europe, within a framework of critical questioning of the so-called historical “grand narratives”. Using an ethical-political perspective of archaeology, she actively seeks new ways of either reading or writing the world.

Irene Garcia-Rovira is a research associate in the Cuween-Wideford Hill Landscape Project at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests lie in the study of processes of social change evidenced in prehistoric contexts. She is currently engaged in the development of relational approaches to the Neolithic transition, and is involved in discussions of how this process should be approached theoretically.

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