Archaeological Theory: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

by Matthew Johnson
     
 

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Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.
  • New edition of a popular introductory text that explores the

Overview

Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.

  • New edition of a popular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory
  • Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeology 
  • Examines theory across the English-speaking world and beyond
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of evolutionary theory, divided into sociocultural and Darwinist approaches
  • Includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and useful suggestions for further readings

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444360417
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/09/2011
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
641,769
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This is not just a thought-provoking up-to-date account of archaeological theory; it is also a helpful and engaging introduction for all those interested in the full array of archaeological perspectives in use today.”
Ian Hodder, Stanford University

"With disarming wit and inspiring clarity, Matthew Johnson's Archaeological Theory provides an engaging history of archaeological thinking that illuminates the discipline's past and charts new pathways for its future."
Adam Smith, University of Chicago

"This is the key text for understanding archaeological theory. Matthew Johnson explains concepts and terms clearly and succinctly and makes complex theoretical ideas easily accessible."
Claire Smith, Flinders University

"In its coverage even better than the first edition, and as refreshingly written. An excellent guide through the changing landscape of archaeological theory. A 'must read'!"
Graeme Barker, University of Cambridge

Meet the Author

Matthew Johnson is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He has taught at the University of Sheffield, St. David's University College, Lampeter, and at Durham University. His previous books include Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape (1993), An Archaeology of Capitalism (1996, Blackwell), and Ideas Of Landscape (2006, Blackwell).

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