How Interdisciplinary is Interdisciplinarity? Revisiting the Impact of aDNA Research for the Archaeology of Human Remains


  • Alexandra Ion McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research University of Cambridge & Homerton College



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With this paper I propose a reflection on the way interdisciplinarity is framed in reference to the study of archaeological human remains. It is often taken for granted that interdisciplinarity is valuable for archaeology – but why should it be? By taking the case study of the way ancient genomics research is rewriting the ‘Neolithic Revolution’ narratives I show how the use of scientific methodologies in- fluences and biases the kind of work that gets done and the questions that are asked.


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Ion, A. (2017) “How Interdisciplinary is Interdisciplinarity? Revisiting the Impact of aDNA Research for the Archaeology of Human Remains”, Current Swedish Archaeology, 25(1), pp. 177–198. doi: 10.37718/CSA.2017.18.



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