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Reader in Archaeological Theory : Post-Processual and Cognitive Approaches - David S. Whitley

Reader in Archaeological Theory

Post-Processual and Cognitive Approaches

By: David S. Whitley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1998
ISBN: 9780415141604
Number Of Pages: 364

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This Reader in Archaeological Theory presents sixteen articles of key theoretical significance, in a format which makes this notoriously complex area easier for students to understand.
This volume:
* provides an intellectual history of different approaches to archaeology which contextualizes the complex traditions of cognitive archaeology and postprocessualism on which it focuses
* organizes theories of archaeology, the meanings of things, the prehistoric mind and cognition, gender, ideology and social theory and archaeology's relationship to today's society and politics
* includes lucid section introductions to each section which provide context, explain why the papers are so significant and summarize their key points
* emphasizes research from the 'New World', making archaeological theory especially relevant and accessible to students in North America.

Industry Reviews

"Whitley has selected a fine series of articles to demonstrate both the range and the limitations of postprocessual archaeology, and he provides an excellent introduction to each section of the volume. Although this book will be of greatest interest to specialists and students of archaeology, much of the book's content is accessible to nonarchaeologists. In fact, it might be a good volume to scan for those who still somehow believe that archaeology is just digging for treasure from the past. Certainly, readers will come away with an understanding that archaeology needs to be both scientific and humanistic." -"The Key Reporter "David Whitley has assembled a very fine guide to the ideas that are changing archaeology. This book shows that we have surmounted the limitations of the new archaeology by presenting a colorful variety of new and older scholars who contribute to understanding mind and meaning from past cultures.." -Mark Leone, University of Maryland, USA

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
New Approaches to Old Problems: Archaeology in Search of an Ever Elusive Pastp. 1
Cognitive Archaeologyp. 35
Symbolic, Structural, and Critical Archaeologyp. 49
Processual, Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologiesp. 69
Sound, Color and Meaning in the Metallurgy of Ancient West Mexicop. 103
Archaeological Imaginings: Contextualization of Imagesp. 119
From Domain Specific to Generalized Intelligence: A Cognitive Interpretation of the Middle/Upper Palaeolithic Transitionp. 137
Wrestling with Analogy: A Methodological Dilemma in Upper Palaeolithic Art Researchp. 157
Annalistes, Hermeneutics and Positivists: Squaring Circles of Dissolving Problemsp. 183
Social Reproduction of the Longue Duree in the Prehistory of the Midcontinental United Statesp. 199
The Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women's Rolep. 223
Boys will be Boys: Masculinist Approaches to a Gendered Archaeologyp. 241
By the Hunter, for the Gatherer: Art, Social, Relations and Subsistence Change in the Prehistoric Great Basinp. 257
Although they have Petty Captains, they Obey them Badly: The Dialectics of Prehispanic Western Pueblo Social Organizationp. 275
Archaeology as Socio-Political Action in the Presentp. 315
Return of the Sacred: Spirituality and the Scientific Imperativep. 331
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780415141604
ISBN-10: 0415141605
Series: Routledge Readers in Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 2nd April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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