“A sensuous engagement of the past with the present” Jacquetta as Antiquarian

Michael Shanks, an archaeologist at Stanford University in California, has written a fascinating piece on Jacquetta.    He recalls his encounter with her key contribution to the science vs humanism debate in 1960s archaeology and reflects on why she was marginalised and forgotten.  He believes that she was an antiquarian in the best sense, roving across all subjects and using her own imagination and experience to illuminate the past.  In awe of her range and scope of writing, he argues that her deep engagement with the past overshadowed her male contemporaries’ attempts to humanise archaeology.  She made them all look “deathly dull”.


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