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This is a lively overview of the major ideas and concepts in archaeological theory.
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"Johnson does not simply give an excellent introduction to the labyrinth of -isms that comprise contemporary archaeological theory. He also frames each competing theoretical strand in its historical context...Matthew Johnson has written a seminal textbook that is destined to become a classic and should become required reading for anyone wanting to become an archaeologist." American Journal of Archaeology.

"A very good introduction...It is written in an accessible, engaging style." Archaeology Ireland.

"Archaeological theory today consists of a bewildering variety of positions and perspectives, subtly interacting and ever changing. Mathew Johnson sheds considerable light on this complex landscape in his valuable new book Archaeological Theory: An Introduction. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, it provides an excellent account of the linkages between theory, practice, and intellectual context as it ranges from the origins of the New Archaeology to the emergence of contemporary positions such as feminism, poststructuralism, and phenomenology. I recommend it highly to students and colleagues alike." Robert W. Preucel, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

"A genuinely accessible and lively 'route map' to the developments in theory since the 'New Archaeology' of the early 1960s ... This is a theoretical textbook that is a pleasure to read." Post-Medieval Archaeology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631202967
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathew Johnson is Professor of Archaeology at Southampton University. He has taught at the University of Durham, University of Sheffield and St David's University College, Lampeter. His previous books include Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape (1993) and An Archaeology of Capitalism (1996) and he is currently researching late medieval castles in England.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.


Preface: The Contradictions of Theory.

1. Common Sense is Not Enough.

2. The 'New Archaeology'.

3. Archaeology as Science.

4. Testing, Middle-range Theory and Ethnoarchaeology.

5. Culture as a System.

6. Looking at Thoughts.

7. Postprocessual and Interpretative Archaeologies.

8. Archaeology and Gender.

9. Archaeological Evolution.

10. Archaeology and History.

11. Archaeology in a Postmodern World.

12. Conclusion: Conflict and Consensus.

Selective Glossary.

Further Reading.



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