An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes: conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research

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An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes : conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research. / Winder, Isabelle Catherine; Winder, Nick P.

In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, Vol. 9, 2013, p. 3-30.

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Winder, IC & Winder, NP 2013, 'An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes: conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research', Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, vol. 9, pp. 3-30.

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Winder, I. C., & Winder, N. P. (2013). An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes: conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research. Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, 9, 3-30.

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Winder IC, Winder NP. An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes: conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research. Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History. 2013;9:3-30.

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Winder, Isabelle Catherine ; Winder, Nick P. / An agnostic approach to ancient landscapes : conversations about the cultural anthropology of archaeological research. In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History. 2013 ; Vol. 9. pp. 3-30.

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