Hermeneutics and Archaeology: On the Philosophy of Contextual Archaeology

@article{Johnsen1992HermeneuticsAA,
  title={Hermeneutics and Archaeology: On the Philosophy of Contextual Archaeology},
  author={Harold Johnsen and Bj{\o}rnar Olsen},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  year={1992},
  volume={57},
  pages={419-436}
}
In this paper we situate and discuss critically Ian Hodder's contextual archaeology in relation to a broader tradition of philosophical hermeneutics. We argue that Hodder's position comes close to the romantic conception of interpretation developed by German philosophers and historians. Central to this position is the equation of meaning and intention, context and origin, making historical understanding a transaction between the creative consciousness of the prehistoric agents and the receptive… Expand
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