Archaeology: the loss of innocence

  title={Archaeology: the loss of innocence},
  author={David L. Clarke},
  pages={6 - 18}
We published last year two articles dealing with the aims and relevance of the so-called ‘new archaeology’: thefirst was by Professor Richard Watson (1972, 210-15) and the second by A. C . Hogarth (I972, 3OI-4). We also published a review by David Clarke of ‘Explanation in archaeology’ by P . J: Watson, S. A. LeBlanc and C . L. Redman (Ig72, 237-9). Here, Dr David Clarke, Fellow and Tutor of Peterhouse, Cambridge, sets out his considered views on the name and nature of archaeology, some of… 
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