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Archaeological Theory

Archaeological Theory
Who Sets the Agenda?

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Part of New Directions in Archaeology

Norman Yoffee, Andrew Sherratt, Philip L. Kohl, Alison Wylie, Christopher Chippendale, Clive Gamble, Stephen Shennan, Kelley Hays, Miriam Start, Tim Murray, Richard Bradley
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  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449588

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  • Since the l960s, archaeology has become increasingly taught in universities and practiced on a growing scale by national and local heritage agencies throughout the world. This book addresses the criticisms of postmodernist writers about archaeology's social role, and asserts its intellectual importance and achievements in discovering real facts about the human past. It looks forward to the creation of a truly global consciousness of the origins of human societies and civilizations.

    • One of the only state-of-the art critiques on current trends in archaeology
    • A timely, controversial collection which should arouse much interest
    • Professionally recognised contributors, and edited by two members of the series board
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I recommend this provocative volume, in which I found much to think about, not least Sherratt's plea that archaeologists - not the media, tour managers or politicians - should be the ones who set the agenda.' Nick Saunders, New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449588
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The sources of archaeological theory Norman Yoffee, and Andrew Sherratt
    Part I. The Social Context of Archaeological Theory:
    1. Limits to a post-processual archaeology (or The dangers of a new scholasticism) Philip L. Kohl
    2. A proliferation of new archaeologists 'Beyond objectivism and relativism' Alison Wylie
    3. Ambition, deference, discrepancy, consumption
    the intellectual background to a post-processual archaeology Christopher Chippendale
    Part II. Archaeological Theory from the Paleolithic to the State:
    4. Ancestors and agendas Clive Gamble
    5. After social evolution: a new archaeological agenda? Stephen Shennan
    6. Too many chiefs? (or, Safe texts for the 90s) Norman Yoffee
    Part III. Case-Studies in Archaeological Theory and Practice
    7. When is a symbol archaeologically meaningful? Meaning, function and prehistoric visual arts Kelley Hays
    8. Re-fitting the 'cracked and broken facade': the case for empiricism in post-processual ethnoarchaeology Miriam Start
    9. Communication and the importance of disciplinary communities: who owns the past? Tim Murray
    Part IV. Postscript and Epilogue:
    10. The relativity of theory Andrew Sherratt
    11. Archaeology: the loss of nerve Richard Bradley.

  • Editors

    Norman Yoffee, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Andrew Sherratt, University of Oxford


    Norman Yoffee, Andrew Sherratt, Philip L. Kohl, Alison Wylie, Christopher Chippendale, Clive Gamble, Stephen Shennan, Kelley Hays, Miriam Start, Tim Murray, Richard Bradley

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