Rethinking the Archaeological Map
This week’s archaeology conference videos, again from TAG, are… map related:
From the very beginning of archaeological practice, maps (and plans) have been one of the discipline’s most fundamental tools. The number, variety and prominence of maps in archaeology have been increasing further since the beginning of the 1990s due to the availability of a growing range of digital technologies used to collect, visualise, query, manipulate and analyse spatial data. It is therefore surprising that whilst generalised critiques of mapping as a modernist practice have been ubiquitous, direct and focused critiques of “the archaeological map” have been rare.
This slow development of archaeological cartographic critique should be considered a missed opportunity given the growing dissatisfaction in other areas of the social sciences with the modern Western map and particularly its grand claim to represent “the world as it is”. We suggest that this multidisciplinary dialogue with post-/non-representational, morethan- representational, neo-pragmatist…
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