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Foundations of Social Archaeology : Selected Writings of V. Gordon Childe - Thomas C. Patterson

Foundations of Social Archaeology

Selected Writings of V. Gordon Childe

By: Thomas C. Patterson (Editor), Charles E. Orser (Editor)

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V. Gordon Childe is probably the most widely read early archaeologist of the 20th century and one of the world's most renowned prehistorians. A thorough understanding of the evolution of Childe's theoretical perspective is crucial to an understanding of the foundations of social archaeology. For the first time, a diverse collection of Childe's writings have been brought together in one volume. These fourteen essays, from his earliest seminal work in 1935 to his reflective essay 'Retrospect' written in 1958 shortly before his death, document the progression of this dynamic thinker. Essays such as 'Archaeology and Anthropology' show the evolution of Childe's theories from a conception of the past as a trait-list conceptualization of culture to an understanding of the profound importance of social relations in transforming human history. His understanding of history evolved from a static notion into a dynamic conception that openly embraced social interaction and all that it entailed, a transformation that marked the earliest strains of social archaeology. The introduction by prominent anthropologists Thomas Patterson and Charles Orser places Childe's work in a larger context and explores Childe's ongoing value to modern readers. This volume will be of interest to archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of social archaeology.

It provides readers with ready access to Childe's many theoretical premises and how they changed over time; it provides historical insights into the theoretical concerns of mid-20th-century archaeology; and it provides insights into the origins of many contemporary theoretical positions and archaeological tropes used both in classrooms and publications. . . All contemporary archaeologists are indebted to V. Gordon Childe, and it is appropriate that we should be reminded occasionally in publications such as this of how he helped formulate our concepts of culture, evolution, and the past.--Canadian Journal of Archaeology

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: V. Gordon Childe and the Foundations of Social Archaeologyp. 1
Changing Methods and Aims in Prehistoryp. 25
Archaeology as a Sciencep. 45
Archaeological Ages as Technological Stages: Huxley Memorial Lecture for 1944p. 47
Archaeology and Anthropologyp. 71
Archaeology as a Social Science: Inaugural Lecturep. 81
Historyp. 91
Organic and Social Evolutionp. 101
The Urban Revolutionp. 107
Old World Prehistory: Neolithicp. 117
The Constitution of Archaeology as a Sciencep. 139
Early Forms of Societyp. 155
The Evolution of Societyp. 171
The Bronze Agep. 177
Retrospectp. 191
Indexp. 199
About the Editorsp. 211
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ISBN: 9780759105935
ISBN-10: 0759105936
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.31