• Temple in the mountains, Japan / Luke Zeme / CC BY-NC-SA; https://flic.kr/p/dy7snP

T06

Theme 06: Regional Archaeologies in the Globalised World


Gustavo Politis (the Universidad Nacional del Centro, Buenos Aires)

The development of archaeology in the last few decades has expanded the discipline toward unprecedented frontiers. At the same time, the process of globalization creates new ways of interaction and original and fast mechanism for disseminating information. This new scenario has produced a novel relationship between the local archaeologies, which are also growing fast and in a dendrite mode, with the global archaeological subject (such as the domestication process, the technological innovation, the mechanism of migration, the emergence of social hierarchies, the people-things entanglement, etc.). In this context, it is not always clear how close and detailed local archaeologies can contribute to come up to the somewhat distant global and broader issues. This gap in the different scales could be waived by the means of the regional dimension, which creates an adequate platform to approach the globalized issues in the archaeological agenda.

This theme proposes to set the context where the regional scales can contribute to discuss global archaeological issues. These issues could be approached regionally or thematically (where the subject is the axis, and the region is the scale). Potential regions and themes includes:

  • How the archaeology of Africa is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of North America is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of South America is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of Europe is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of Eastern Asia is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of Western Asia is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • How the archaeology of Oceania is contributing to global archaeology issues?
  • The process of plant and animal domestication in a global context
  • Technological innovations: where, how and when?
  • The emergence and growth of social inequality
  • Ethnogenesis and adaptation from a global perspective
  • Representation and style
  • Ethnic identity and material culture

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