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Are modern artworks really comparable in any serious way to ancient monuments? Has Colin Renfrew changed sides in the conflict of reason with intuition in modern archaeology? Leo Klejn thinks so. Colin Renftew responds, below.
A Splendid Idiosyncrasy: Prehistory at Cambridge 1915–50, by SmithPamela Jane, 2009. (British Archaeological Reports 495.) Oxford: Archaeopress. ISBN 978-1-4073-0430-4 paperback £40 & US$102; vi+220pp., 48 figs. - Volume 20 Issue 3 - Leo S. Klejn
Bruce Trigger was one of the few scholars whose work had a huge impact on the direction of world archaeology. However, he was not a leader, but more of a model, a kind of human landmark. As a result of Bruce Trigger’s work, it became possible to establish what was good archaeology and what was good in archaeology. Yet his work often took him outsid...
The present study represents a condensation of much of the theoretical thinking in archaeology by Leo Klejn of St. Petersburg over the past half century. It has in itself been underway for a decade or two in step with the timid opening, later the fall of the Soviet Union and the rebirth of Russia. The volume is the result of the collaboration betwe...
Soviet archaeology developed in the context of the Russian revolution as what remained of the archaeology of Tsarist Russia came into contact with Marxism. In its early stages, Soviet archaeology sought to reconstruct social relations and other superstructural phenomena directly from archaeological remains. Beginning in the late 1930s there was inc...
In the author's view the contemporary detente and the spirit of Helsinki may spread historical optimism like that established after the end of World War I. The likeness of mentality leads to a retreat in fashion everywhere, and archaeology will hardly be an exception. Like some others the author also predicts an archaeological structuralism and con...
Professor Daniil Avdusin visited Oslo and Bergen in 1968 and gave a lecture on the excavations at Gnezdovo near Smolensk. He was invited to publish an article on the subject, and the paper was printed in N AR volume 2, 1969. Comments on the paper by Charlotte Blindheim, Oslo, Ella Kivikoski, Helsinki, and Johan Callmer, Lund, have later been printe...