Material Meanings: Critical Approaches to the Interpretation of Material Culture

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$22.72
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.35
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 58%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $10.35   
  • New (3) from $51.38   
  • Used (3) from $10.35   

Overview

Material Meanings focuses on the social context in which things are produced and in which they are given meaning.

With firm roots in antiquarianism, archaeology began as the study and collection of things. Even today objects take center stage in many areas of archaeological inquiry. But the past few decades have seen a proliferation of the ways anthropological archaeologist analyze raw materials, tools, techniques, finished products, and discarded objects.

Material Meanings examines current approaches to material culture in the archaeological record from three perspective: ethnoarchaeology and technological traditions, material science, and theoretical approaches to materiality. The focus of this book is not on artifacts themselves but on the social context in which things are produced and in which they are given meaning, the technical choices of an artifact producer within a larger technical system, and their interpretation by modern researchers.

The chapters represent a broad range of theoretical perspectives, methods, and data sets. Several chapters consider methodological issues in reconstructing technical systems. Most contributions, however, apply this understanding to larger questions of social identity and ethnicity, emphasizing historical context or models of cultural process.

 

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874806083
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Chilton is assistant professor of anthropology at Harvard University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Preface

1. Material Meanings and Meaningful Materials: An Introduction ~ Elizabeth S. Chilton
2. Of Paradigms and Ways of Seeing: Artifact Variability as if People Mattered ~ Marcia-Anne Dobres
3. Social Dimensions of Technical Choice in Kalinga Ceramic Traditions ~ Miriam T. Stark
4. One Size Fits All: Typology and Alternatives for Ceramic Research ~ Elizabeth S. Chilton
5. Testing Interpretative Assumptions of Neutron Activation Analysis: Contemporary Pottery in Yucatán, 1964–1994 ~ Dean D. Arnold, Hector A. Neff, Ronald L. Bishop,and Michael D. Galscock
6. Formal and Technological Variability and the Social Relations of Production: Crisoles from San José de Moro, Peru ~ Cathy Lynne Costin
7. On Typologies, Selection, and Ethnoarchaeology in Ceramic Production Studies ~ Philip J. Arnold III
8. Style in Archaeology or Archaeologists in Style ~ H. Martin Wobst
9. An End Note: Reframing Materiality for Archaeology ~ Margaret W. Conkey

References Index Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)