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date: 04 December 2020

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This article examines the paradigmatic and methodological history of technological research in Anglo-American and European archaeology. It provides examples of the study of European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic technologies and highlights particular topics and nationalistic research programmes that have been and remain among the most influential to the discipline as a whole. It argues that no anthropological understanding of the past and no explanatory framework for the present can be satisfactory complete or anthropologically relevant without taking technology seriously.

Keywords: technological research, Anglo-American archaeology, European archaeology, Palaeolithic technologies, nationalistic programmes

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