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Alternative Archaeology: Many Pasts in Our Present

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Abstract This article introduces the field of alternative archaeology. After a short presentation of how the field has been received by professional archaeologists, different ways of defining it are discussed, and potential demarcations are examined. A survey of the most frequently discussed topics follows, together with a discussion of the methodologies employed and the theoretical presuppositions accepted by writers in the alternative archaeology genre, and how these differ from the methods and theories of conventional academic archaeology. A brief section on the relevance of alternative archaeology to the study of religion concludes the article.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden Pia@pobox.se

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