Method and Theory in American Archaeology / Edition 2

Method and Theory in American Archaeology / Edition 2

by Gordon Willey, Philip Phillips
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817310886

ISBN-13: 9780817310882

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

This invaluable classic provides the framework for the development of American archaeology during the last half of the 20th century.

In 1958 Gordon R. Willey and Philip Phillips first published Method and Theory in American Archaeology—a volume that went through five printings, the last in 1967 at the height of

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A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

This invaluable classic provides the framework for the development of American archaeology during the last half of the 20th century.

In 1958 Gordon R. Willey and Philip Phillips first published Method and Theory in American Archaeology—a volume that went through five printings, the last in 1967 at the height of what became known as the new, or processual, archaeology. The advent of processual archaeology, according to Willey and Phillips, represented a "theoretical debate . . . a question of whether archaeology should be the study of cultural history or the study of cultural process."

Willey and Phillips suggested that little interpretation had taken place in American archaeology, and their book offered an analytical perspective; the methods they described and the structural framework they used for synthesizing American prehistory were all geared toward interpretation. Method and Theory served as the catalyst and primary reader on the topic for over a decade.

This facsimile reprint edition of the original University of Chicago Press volume includes a new foreword by Gordon R. Willey, which outlines the state of American archaeology at the time of the original publication, and a new introduction by the editors to place the book in historical context. The bibliography is exhaustive. Academic libraries, students, professionals, and knowledgeable amateurs will welcome this new edition of a standard-maker among texts on American archaeology.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817310882
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Classics in Southeast Archaeology Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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