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      Archaeology, symmetry and the ontology of things. A response to critics

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      Archaeological Dialogues
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          This article responds to recent critiques of ‘symmetrical archaeology’. It addresses three common claims: (1) that symmetrical archaeology fails to see a difference between living and non-living entities, (2) that symmetrical archaeology makes no room for humans and other living things, (3) that symmetrical archaeology lacks any sincere ethical concern for things. This article demonstrates how these claims are based on common misunderstandings or misreadings, and offers further clarifications as to its perspective on ontology, ethics and things.

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                Journal
                Archaeological Dialogues
                Arch. Dial.
                Cambridge University Press (CUP)
                1380-2038
                1478-2294
                December 2015
                November 02 2015
                December 2015
                : 22
                : 2
                : 187-197
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                10.1017/S1380203815000240
                f9f495dc-606d-409f-b438-1f0f2d5be339
                © 2015

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