Slow science for fast archaeology


  • Marko M. Marila Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki



anticipation, epistemology of archaeology, history of archaeology, interdisciplinarity, Isabelle Stengers, speculation


This contribution contends that, with the recent genetic revolution, archaeology has reached a new scientism, a development that could lead to fewer opportunities in the epistemology of archaeology to think difference. Drawing from discussions in slow science and the related idea that scientific importance is a matter of concern rather than fact, the contribution proposes that archaeologists start to cultivate methods of deceleration. In particular, as a measure to mitigate the epistemological effects of archaeology’s methodological acceleration, the contribution suggests the publishing of personal hunches, failed hypotheses, and so forth in addition to research results, and a cultivation of historical awareness in order to better anticipate possible epistemological effects of pursuing conflicting research interests.


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Marila, M. M. . (2019) “Slow science for fast archaeology”, Current Swedish Archaeology, 27(1), pp. 93–114. doi: 10.37718/CSA.2019.05.



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