Archaeology: The Basics / Edition 1

Archaeology: The Basics / Edition 1

by Clive Gamble
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415346592

ISBN-13: 9780415346597

Pub. Date: 07/02/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From archaeological jargon to interpretation, this volume probes the depths of this increasingly popular discipline, presenting critical approaches to the understanding of our past. A piece of broken pottery will never seem the same again.

This ultimate guide for all new and would-be archaeologists, whether they are new students or interested amateurs, introduces

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From archaeological jargon to interpretation, this volume probes the depths of this increasingly popular discipline, presenting critical approaches to the understanding of our past. A piece of broken pottery will never seem the same again.

This ultimate guide for all new and would-be archaeologists, whether they are new students or interested amateurs, introduces its readers to archaeological thought, history and practice.

Lively and engaging. Archaeology: The Basics fires the archaeological imagination whilst tackling such questions as: What are the basic concepts of archaeology? How and what do we know about people and objects from the past? What makes a good explanation in archaeology? Why dig here? Archaeology: The Basics provides an invaluable overview of a fascinating subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415346597
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/02/2004
Series:
Basics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsix
List of boxesxi
To the readerxv
Acknowledgementsxvii
1What is archaeology?1
The archaeological imagination1
Three political contexts2
How did archaeology get started?2
How has archaeology changed?6
Two basic concepts7
Changing Anglo-Saxons: a case study11
The archaeological cafeteria: is that really archaeology?15
2How many archaeologies are there?21
Culture history22
Anthropological archaeology24
Summary42
3Basic concepts45
Starting out with a research design46
The representative sample48
Survey and excavation50
Recovery51
Archaeological entities52
Two principles59
The archaeological record67
Summary71
4People73
Who do we want to know?74
What can we know?83
How do we know?92
Summary97
5Objects99
Objects and the archaeological imagination99
Material culture100
Mental templates101
Interpreting artefacts102
Dualisms105
Style107
The biography of objects115
Summary120
6Time and space123
Contexts and entities124
Time132
Space139
Pattern recognition141
Analytical approaches to space144
Summary152
7Change and stasis155
Questions about change156
Mechanisms and models178
What makes a good explanation in archaeology181
Summary188
8Identity and power189
Two identities190
What we mean by power191
The identity within196
The identity from208
Conclusion: archaeology, the future217
References219
Index235

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