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Interpreting Archaeology : Finding Meaning in the Past - Ian Hodder

Interpreting Archaeology

Finding Meaning in the Past

By: Ian Hodder, Alexandra Alexandri (Editor), Victor Buchli (Editor), John Carman (Editor)

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Published: 2nd February 1995
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"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
Material culture
Further comment on Interpretive Archaeologies
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415073301
ISBN-10: 0415073308
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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