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Archaeological Theory : Who Sets the Agenda? - Norman Yoffee

Archaeological Theory

Who Sets the Agenda?

By: Norman Yoffee (Editor), Andrew Sherratt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521449588
Number Of Pages: 152

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Since the l960s, archaeology has become increasingly taught in universities and practised on a growing scale by national and local heritage agencies throughout the world. This book addresses the criticisms of post-modernist writers about its social role, and asserts its intellectual importance and achievements in discovering real facts about the human past, which are of concern to all thinking people. It looks forward to the creation of a truly global consciousness of the origins of human societies and civilisations.

'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

Introduction: The sources of archaeological theory
The Social Context of Archaeological Theory
Limits to a post-processual archaeology (or The dangers of a new scholasticism)
A proliferation of new archaeologists 'Beyond objectivism and relativism'
Ambition, deference, discrepancy, consumption the intellectual background to a post-processual archaeology
Archaeological Theory from the Paleolithic to the State
Ancestors and agendas
After social evolution: a new archaeological agenda?
Too many chiefs? (or, Safe texts for the 90s)
Case-Studies in Archaeological Theory and Practice
When is a symbol archaeologically meaningful? Meaning, function and prehistoric visual arts
Re-fitting the 'cracked and broken facade': the case for empiricism in post-processual ethnoarchaeology
Communication and the importance of disciplinary communities: who owns the past?
Postscript and Epilogue
The relativity of theory
Archaeology: the loss of nerve
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ISBN: 9780521449588
ISBN-10: 0521449588
Series: New Directions in Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 20th September 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.54 x 18.85  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.37

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