Beyond crusades: how (not) to engage with alternative archaeologies

@article{Holtorf2005BeyondCH,
  title={Beyond crusades: how (not) to engage with alternative archaeologies},
  author={Cornelius Holtorf},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  year={2005},
  volume={37},
  pages={544 - 551}
}
  • C. Holtorf
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Sociology
  • World Archaeology
Abstract Archaeologists have often felt uneasy when encountering alternative (fringe, cult, fantastic, pseudo-) archaeologies. Some have suggested that alternative approaches and their results must be disproved, while others have been calling for better public understanding of science. My contribution takes a different point of view. I emphasize the social and cultural needs that both scientific and alternative archaeologies address and suggest that the main significance of archaeology does not… 
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