Critique and Reflection of Chinese Paleolithic Archaeology in the Perspective of Material Culture Studies

Mingming DU, Caifeng LI


In recent decades, postmodernism has been on the rise, and scholars are no longer satisfied with the descriptive study of “things”, and the study of material culture centered on human beings is gaining more and more attention. Archaeology is an important part of material culture research, but its research object is limited by various objective conditions, and its research method is still object-oriented, failing to reveal the subjectivity of human beings well. Therefore, it is necessary to re-examine the relationship between archaeology and material culture research. This paper takes the paradigm of material culture research as the starting point and the “entanglement theory “ as the perspective to review and reflect on the current situation of Chinese Paleolithic archaeology.


Material culture studies; Paleolithic archaeology in China

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