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Acknowledgements

I am indebted in particular to Angela Close for creating the framework for this discussion in the form of the Journal of World Prehistory itself, and to Teresa Krauss and the team at Springer during an exciting (albeit exacting) period of transition. I should especially thank Christopher Chippindale for stimulating a discussion on ideas of prehistory versus archaeology, though my conclusions are different from his. Sarah Wright, as always, provided overall critical scrutiny, help with translation of Foucault and Vašíček, and discussion of Russian terms; I am also very grateful to Peter Biehl, Christopher Matthews, Dan Hicks, Peter Hiscock, Herb Maschner, Alex Bentley, and Matthew Betts for comments and suggestions; and, for useful discussions, Alistair Whittle, Françoise Audouze, Dušan Borić, Mike Shanks, Jason Ur, Rowan Flad and Cameron Munroe; thanks also to Zdeněk Vašíček; and to John Welch for sight of his 2000 ms (a longer version of Welch 2001, and from which I have borrowed the Ambrose Bierce quotation); lastly to my old (perhaps future?) digging partner, Keith Moe, for an introduction to the poetry of Richard Hugo (2007 edition: the line comes from ‘Dog Lake with Paula’, originally in the 1973 collection, The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir).

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Taylor, T. Prehistory vs. Archaeology: Terms of Engagement. J World Prehist 21, 1–18 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10963-008-9011-1

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