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Reading the Past

Reading the Past
Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology

3rd Edition

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528849


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  • The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the rapid development of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists must consider a variety of perspectives in the complex and uncertain task of "translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language". While remaining centered on the importance of meaning, agency and history, the authors explore the latest developments in post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary theory and phenomenology. Previous Edition Hb (1991): 0-521-40142-9 Previous Edition Pb (1991): 0-521-40957-8

    • Written by one of the world's most influential archaeologists
    • Concise and accessible introduction to archaeological theory
    • On the cutting edge of contemporary developments in archaeological theory
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    "...must be read by all those who would perform as well as critique post-processual archaeology, for it will provide powerful stimuli for a necessary dialogue within archaeology." American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528849
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the third edition
    1. The problem
    2. Processual and systems approaches
    3. Structuralist, post-structuralist and semiotic archaeologies
    4. Marxism and ideology
    5. Agency and practice
    6. Embodied archaeology
    7. Archaeology and history
    8. Contextual archaeology
    9. Post-processual archaeology
    10. Conclusion: archaeology as archaeology

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Archaeology Research-Children in Archaeology
    • Archaeological Method and Theory
    • Archaeological Research Strategies
    • Archaeology of Death
    • History of Archaeology
    • Principles of Archaeology
    • Theoretical approaches in Classical archaeology
  • Authors

    Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California
    Professor Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

    Scott Hutson, University of California, Berkeley
    Scott Hutson is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley

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