Interpreting Archaeology

Interpreting Archaeology

by Alexandra Alexandri
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415073308

ISBN-13: 9780415073301

Pub. Date: 02/02/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume provides a forum for debate between varied approaches to the past. The authors, drawn from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, represent many different strands of archaeology. They address the philosophical issues involved in interpretation and a desire among archaeologists to come to terms with their own subjective approaches to the material

Overview

This volume provides a forum for debate between varied approaches to the past. The authors, drawn from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, represent many different strands of archaeology. They address the philosophical issues involved in interpretation and a desire among archaeologists to come to terms with their own subjective approaches to the material they study, a recognition of how past researchers have also imposed their own value systems on the evidence which they presented.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415073301
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/02/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Philosophical Issues of Interpretation

  • Interpretation in contemporary archaeology: some philosophical issues

  • Past realities

  • Interpretive anthropology

  • The problems of origins: poststructuralism and beyond

2. The origins of

meaning

  • The origins of meaning

  • Cognitive and behavioural complexity in non-human primates

  • Language and thought in evolutionary perspective

  • Talking to each other: why hominids bothered

  • Interpretation in the palaeolithic

3.

Interpretation, writing and presenting the past

  • Interpretation, writing and presenting the past

  • Writing on the countryside

  • Can an African American historical archaeology be an alternative voice?

  • `Trojan forebears', `peerless relics': the rhetoric of

    heritage claims

  • A sense of place: a role for cognitive mapping in the `postmodern' world?

4. Archaeology and history

  • The nature of history

  • The French historical revolution: the Annales school

  • The relations between human and natural history

    in the construction of archaeology

  • Material culture in time

  • Archaeology and the forms of history

  • Railroading epistemology: palaeoindians and women

5. Material culture

  • Interpreting material culture: the trouble with text

  • The

    visibility of the archaeological record and the interpretation of social reality

  • Tombs and territories: material culture and multiple interpretation

  • Reconciling symbolic significance with being-in-the-world

  • Questions not to ask of Malagasy carvings

  • Knowing

    about the past

Appendix:

Further comment on Interpretive Archaeologies

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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