"Interpretive Archaeologies" provides a forum for debate between varied approaches to studying the past. It reflects the profound shift in the direction of archaeological study in the last fifteen years. The book argues that archaeologists must understand their own subjective approaches to the material they study as well as recognize how past researchers imposed their value systems on the evidence they presented.
The book's authors, drawn from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, represent many different strands of archaeology. They address the philosophical issues involved in interpretation and the origins of meaning in the evolution and emergence of "mind" in early hominids. They discuss the ways in which material culture is understood and presented in museums, and how the nature of history is itself in flux.
|Philosophical Issues of Interpretation|
|The origins of meaning|
|Interpretation, writing and presenting the past|
|Archaeology and history|
|Further comment on Interpretive Archaeologies|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 17.98 x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1