Archaeological Theory in Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/1/2012
  • Publisher: Routledge

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'In this concise, friendly textbook, Patricia Urban and Edward Schortman teach the basics of archaeological theory, making explicit the crucial link between theory and the actual conduct of archaeological research. The first half of the text addresses the general nature of theory, as well as how it is used in the social sciences and in archaeology in particular. To demonstrate the usefulness of theory, the authors draw from research at Stonehenge, Mesopotamia, and their own long-term research project in the Naco Valley of Honduras. They show how theory becomes meaningful when it is used by very real individuals to interpret equally real materials. These extended narratives exemplify the creative interaction between data and theory that shape our understanding of the past. Ideal for introductory courses in archaeological theory.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Theory, Perception, and Explanation: World Views and Sciencep. 13
Theories, Perceptions, and Explanations in the Social Sciencesp. 29
Dimensions of Theory in Archaeologyp. 51
Putting Theories Together: Archaeological Schoolsp. 67
Taking on the State in Southern Mesopotamiap. 111
Multiple Views of Stonehengep. 143
Culture, History, and Adaptation in the Naco Valleyp. 179
Crafting Power in the Late Classic Naco Valleyp. 215
Practicing Power over Timep. 257
Conclusionsp. 297
Glossaryp. 311
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 335
About the Authorsp. 343
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