Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

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John Wiley & Sons, 2010 - History - 307 pages
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Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.
  • New edition of aápopular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory
  • Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeologyá
  • Examines theory across the English-speaking world and beyond
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of evolutionary theory, divided into sociocultural and Darwinist approaches
  • Includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and useful suggestions for further readings
 

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Excellent literature reviews and own opinion.
Also comparison anthropology, sociology, history and modified Marxcism.
The encounter between Imperialism and Native "culture" and interptretation
interesting.
Question:p64: The reference to Hodder and the Nuba peoples-- These are mainly Muslim hence there should be no pig bones in most of the compounds.
 

Contents

Common Sense is Not Enough
1
The New Archaeology
12
Archaeology as a Science
35
Middlerange Theory Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Studies
50
Culture and Process
68
Thoughts and Ideologies
89
Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologies
102
Archaeology Gender and Identity
122
Archaeology and Darwinian Evolution
164
Archaeology and History
185
Archaeology Politics and Culture
199
The Future of Theory
216
Selective Glossary
236
Further Reading
245
Bibliography
265
Index
299

Archaeology and Cultural Evolution
143

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About the author (2010)

Matthew Johnson is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He has taught at the University of Sheffield, St. David's University College, Lampeter, and at Durham University. His previous books include Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape (1993), An Archaeology of Capitalism (1996, Blackwell), and Ideas Of Landscape (2006, Blackwell).

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