Repositioning the Role of Written Sources in Archaeological Research

Etnoantropološki Problemi. 2016;8(3) DOI 10.21301/eap.v8i3.7


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Journal Title: Etnoantropološki Problemi

ISSN: 0353-1589 (Print); 2334-8801 (Online)

Publisher: University of Belgrade

Society/Institution: Department of Ethnology and Anthropology

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Anthropology

Country of publisher: Serbia

Language of fulltext: French, Serbian, English

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Zorica Kuzmanović (Department of Archaeology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade)


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Abstract | Full Text

Contrary to the general attitude that the role of written sources in archaeological research marks the separation between two distinct fields of research – prehistorical and historical archaeology, the critical research into the history of the discipline points that the development of archaeology has not followed this pattern. Rather, the dominant role of the written sources in the study of classical past has been transferred onto the practices of prehistorical archaeology. Discussing the role of ancient sources in the research of the so-called "Illyrian question", this paper addresses the consequences of this dominant role of written sources in the archaeological study of the past and points to the ways in which the interpretation of the classical texts influenced the theoretical- methodological framework of research of the late prehistory of the Balkans.