Interpreting Archaeology: Finding Meaning in the Past

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Ian Hodder, Alexandra Alexandri, Michael Shanks, Victor Buchli, John Carman, Jonathan Last, Gavin Lucas
Psychology Press, 1995 - 275 Seiten
This volume provides a forum for debate between varied approaches to the past. The authors, drawn from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, represent many different strands of archaeology. They address the philosophical issues involved in interpretation and a desire among archaeologists to come to terms with their own subjective approaches to the material they study, a recognition of how past researchers have also imposed their own value systems on the evidence which they presented.
 

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some themes and questions
30
some philosophical issues
37
Past realities
45
poststructuralism and beyond
51
The origins of meaning
57
Cognitive and behavioural complexity in nonhuman primates
68
Language and thought in evolutionary perspective
76
Interpretation in the Palaeolithic
87
the rhetoric of heritage claims
125
The nature of history
141
the Annales school
158
Palaeoindians and women
175
The visibility of the archaeological record and the interpretation
194
Reconciling symbolic significance with beingintheworld
210
further comment on interpretive archaeologies
220
Bibliography
249

Interpretation writing and presenting the past
95
Can an AfricanAmerican historical archaeology be an alternative voice?
110

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