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Ethnoarchaeology in Action

Ethnoarchaeology in Action

Part of Cambridge World Archaeology

  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521667791

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  • Ethnoarchaeology first developed as the study of ethnographic material culture from archaeological perspectives. Over the past half century it has expanded its scope, especially to cultural and social anthropology. Both authors are leading practitioners, and their theoretical perspective embraces both the processualism of the New Archaeology and the post-processualism of the 1980s and 90s. A case-study approach enables a balanced global geographic and topical coverage, including consideration of materials in French and German. Three introductory chapters discuss the subject and its history, survey the theory, and discuss field methods and ethics. Ten topical chapters consider formation processes, subsistence, the study of artefacts and style, settlement systems, site structure and architecture, specialist craft production, trade and exchange, and mortuary practices and ideology. Ethnoarchaeology in Action concludes with ethnoarchaeology's contributions actual and potential, and with a look at its place within anthropology. It is generously illustrated, including many photographs of leading ethnoarchaeologists in action.

    • A survey of an anthropological subdiscipline that links sociocultural and archaeological anthropology
    • Comprehensive geographical and topical coverage
    • Critical reading of case studies well-suited to class discussion
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    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521667791
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and credits
    List of tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. Ethnoarchaeology: its nature, origins, and history
    2. Theorizing ethnoarchaeology and analogy
    3. Fieldwork and ethics
    4. Human residues: entering the archaeological context
    5. Fauna and subsistence
    6. Studying artifacts: functions, operating sequences, taxonomy
    7. Style and the marking of boundaries: contrasting regional studies
    8. Settlement: systems and patterns:
    9. Site structures and activities
    10. Architecture
    11. Specialist craft production and apprenticeship
    12. Trade and exchange
    13. Mortuary practices, status, ideology, and systems of thought
    14. Conclusions: ethnoarchaeology in context
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Nicholas David, University of Calgary

    Carol Kramer, University of Arizona

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