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2001) Living Archaeology, Stroud: Tempus. Rathje, W. and Murphy, C. (1992) Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, New York: Harper Collins. Schiffer, M. B. (1976) Behavioral Archeology, New York: Academic Press. Shanks, M. and Tilley, C. (1987) Re-Constructing Archaeology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Shanks, M. and Tilley, C. (1989) “Archaeology Into the 1990s: Questions Rather Than Answers,” Norwegian Archaeological Review 22: 42–45. Smith, M. A. (1955) “The Limitations of Inference in Archaeology,” Archaeological Newsletter 6: 1–7.

Since no two archaeological sites are the same, either in the whole or in detail, it is never possible to verify conclusively the results of one excavation by another. (Barker 1977: 12) His approach set limits on the usefulness of excavated evidence, but at the same time it illustrated a conception of fieldwork that was not shared with all his colleagues. Martin Carver’s book Archaeological Investigation describes it in this way: Barker, arch-exponent of empirical field archaeology, decided that asking what was there, or what had happened there, was the only valid question one may ask of a site .

The General’s reports could be re-read in the light of more recent discoveries. In fact, that is what happened when Christopher Hawkes and Stuart Piggott presented a new interpretation of a series of settlements and monuments excavated by the General over fifty years before (Hawkes and Piggott 1947). What all these writers ignored was Pitt-Rivers’s own account of why he practised archaeology. In earlier life, when Pitt-Rivers’s family name was Lane-Fox, he had devised a system for teaching musketry in the British army.

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