Archaeology of the Communist Era: A Political History of by Ludomir R Lozny

By Ludomir R Lozny

This publication contributes to raised reputation and comprehension of the interconnection among archaeology and political strain, specially imposed via the totalitarian communist regimes. It explains why, lower than such political stipulations, a few archaeological reasoning and practices have been resilient, whereas new principles leisurely penetrated the neighborhood scenes. It makes an attempt to seriously overview the political context and its effect on archaeology through the communist period all over the world and contributes to higher conception of the connection among technological know-how and politics commonly. This publication analyzes the pressures inflicted on archaeologists by way of the overwhelmingly powerful political surroundings, which stimulates archaeological concept and controls the stipulations for pro engagement. incorporated are discussions concerning the conception of archaeology and its findings by means of the general public. ​

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Despite the fact that most archaeologists remained indifferent to Marxist theory, archaeology in the former East European Bloc should not be viewed as unrelated to the Soviet-designed paradigm (communist archaeology). This part of Europe remains within the primarily positivistic paradigm of researching the past, which does not contradict the broadly understood Marxist orientation (historical materialism). Following these assumptions, I hypothesize that although Marxist theories were known to social scholars of the twentieth century, their full (conscious) acceptance by Eastern European archaeologists happened rarely due to local tradition, lack of theoretical discussion, and the style of the Soviet-designed particularistic and empirical model to practice archaeology, introduced in the region after 1945.

Comparative Data on Publications Here, I present a very fragmentary and preliminary analysis of publications that presented at least minor approach toward discussing methodology or theory in archaeology during the post-WWII communist era in Poland. 3). 3 shows that the number of publications in post-WWII Poland was seven times higher than before the war, but the increase in publications on methodology/ theory was less than double. 3 Number of publications in the pre-WWII and after WWII (communist period) (data after Abramowicz, 1991) Period 1918–1939 1944–1977 Total number of publications 1856 13,085 Number of publication per year 84 ca.

I refer to this phenomenon as the emergence of vernacular archaeologies, where due to certain constraints either in the understanding of the concept or lack of the necessary tools (such as computers for complex region-wide statistical elaborations), or the necessary techniques to collect ecological data, the processual approach was carved from its original Anglo-American form to fit the local conditions. For instance, the middle-range theory was not fully applied, but regional in focus studies were truly exceptional.

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