What is Post-Antiquarianism? Why is Post-Antiquarianism? What time is Post-Antiquarianism?

Post-Antiquarianism is an attempt to move beyond the crude empiricism of processualism, the hyper subjectivity of post-processualism and its bastard child, interpretive archaeology in order to re-imagine a new holistic archaeology. An archaeology that is radically democratic and proletarian. An archaeology that is unafraid to fuse folklore with hard data, that will place knowledge of the distant past alongside experience of the vital present.

This website/blog serves the purpose of allowing me to gather my thoughts regarding all things related to psychogeography and archaeology, and hopefully to receive some feedback too. I am presently an undergraduate studying Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. I’m in my final year and am working on my dissertation which has the temporary title of The Archaeology of the Spectacle(do you see what I did there?). I am interested in the application of psychogeographical techniques to archaeological landscape survey and how this could contribute to building a rounded picture of archaeological/heritage sites.

I have chosen the term ‘post-antiquarianism’ for this pursuit as Antiquarianism was a pursuit for those of the moneyed classes of the 17th-19th centuries and it is from this origin that Archaeology was born. A heritage from which the discipline has been unable to completely escape. It is still seen as being a discipline for the middle and upper classes. Archaeology is basically playing around in the mud and collecting cool things. How many working class people would have the bare faced cheek to draw a wage for doing something like that?

I want to bring archaeology into the 21st century by making it as open, democratic and accessible as possible. A case of extreme hubris possibly but I hope that others, better placed than I, will take up the mantle as well.



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