Archaeological Theory : An Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-19
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Archaeological Theory, 2 nd 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 a popular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeology 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

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Preface: The Contradictions of Theoryp. x
Common Sense is Not Enoughp. 1
The 'New Archaeology'p. 12
Archaeology as a Sciencep. 35
Middle-range Theory, Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Studiesp. 50
Culture and Processp. 68
Thoughts and Ideologiesp. 89
Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologiesp. 102
Archaeology, Gender and Identityp. 122
Archaeology and Cultural Evolutionp. 143
Archaeology and Darwinian Evolutionp. 164
Archaeology and Historyp. 185
Archaeology, Politics and Culturep. 199
Conclusion: The Future of Theoryp. 216
Selective Glossaryp. 236
Further Readingp. 245
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 299
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