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This paper may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists   
Type: Paper
Paper Title: WHY IS AN ANCIENT TRADITION BETTER THAN A NEW ONE?
Author: AMY GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (Assumption College)   
Date/Time: Sat., 2:45 PM
Co-Author(s): AMY GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (Assumption College) 
Abstract: As Hobsbawm and Ranger (1992) have argued, traditions, like other parts of culture, are dynamic, and apparently ancient traditions may in fact be relatively recent inventions. Archaeology has often had an ambivalent relationship with traditional knowledge or interpretations. Sometimes archaeological research supports historical traditions; but other times archaeological data contradicts or complicates those traditions. The contexts in which archaeological research, heritage studies, and historical traditions intersect highlight processes through which ideas “become crystalized, or continue to flow and reshape”. In this paper I will use case studies from Scotland and elsewhere to explore the relevance of understanding the invention of tradition for archaeolgical interpretation and heritage studies.

Program Number: 4-0665
Session Title: THEORETICAL ADVANCES IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHAEOLOGY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): AMY GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (Assumption College)  
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