The Study of Roman Technology: Some Theoretical Constraints

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This paper criticises altitudes to the history of technology exemplified by the Routledge Encyclopaedia of the History of Technology (1990), which displays ignorance of the nature and achievements of archaeology, compounded by failure to distinguish between the materials and methods of archaeology and history. The Encyclopaedia’s emphasis on individual inventions leads to linearity and diffusionism, while questions of gender are hardly addressed.

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Greene, K., (1993) “The Study of Roman Technology: Some Theoretical Constraints”, Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 1991, p.39-47. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/TRAC1991_39_47

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