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Interpretative Archaeology : Explorations in Anthropology - Christopher Tilley

Interpretative Archaeology

Explorations in Anthropology

By: Christopher Tilley (Editor)

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Published: 17th February 1994
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Archaeology, most of us learned in school, consists in the painstaking digging up and sifting of relics from extinct cultures; hardly an exciting or indeed interesting activity - for most of us. Archaeologists and anthropologists, professional and otherwise, know better. In the buried structures and detritus of ancient cultures can be found a world of knowledge and insight - empirical and theoretical - into their cultures as well as our own. This fascinating volume brings these worlds to life, by integrating recent developments in anthropological and sociological theory with a series of detailed studies of prehistoric material culture. It is an exploration of the manner in which semiotic, hermeneutic, Marxist, and post-structuralist approaches radically alter our understanding of the past, and provides a series of innovative studies of key areas of interest to archaeologists and anthropologists.

'I consider "Interpretative Archaeology" to be an important book worth reading.' Ethnos

Contents
Introduction
Interpretation and a Poetics of the Past
Frameworks for an Archaeology of the Body
The Hermeneutics of Megalithic Space
Interpreting Causewayed Enclosures in the Past and Present
Monumental Choreography
Architecture and Spatial Representation in Neolithic Orkney
Space, Subjectivity, Power and Hegemony: The Megaliths and Long Barrows in Earlier Neolithic Brittany
The Axe and the Torso: Symbolic Structures in the Neolithic of Brittany
Notes Towards an Archaeology of Capitalism
Discourse, Totalization and the Neolithic
Prospecting Archaeology
Digging with the Pen: Novel Archaeologists and Literary Traditions
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ISBN: 9780854968428
ISBN-10: 0854968423
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 454
Published: 17th February 1994
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.65