Reader in Archaeological Theory: Post-Processual and Cognitive Approaches / Edition 1

Reader in Archaeological Theory: Post-Processual and Cognitive Approaches / Edition 1

by David S. Whitley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415141605

ISBN-13: 9780415141604

Pub. Date: 05/06/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This Reader in Archaeological Theory presents sixteen articles of key theoretical significance, in a format which makes this notoriously complex area easier for students to understand.
This volume:

• provides an intellectual history of different approaches to archaeology which contextualizes the complex traditions of cognitive archaeology and

Overview

This Reader in Archaeological Theory presents sixteen articles of key theoretical significance, in a format which makes this notoriously complex area easier for students to understand.
This volume:

• provides an intellectual history of different approaches to archaeology which contextualizes the complex traditions of cognitive archaeology and postprocessualism on which it focuses

• organizes theories of archaeology, the meanings of things, the prehistoric mind and cognition, gender, ideology and social theory and archaeology's relationship to today's society and politics

• includes lucid section introductions to each section which provide context, explain why the papers are so significant and summarize their key points

• emphasizes research from the 'New World', making archaeological theory especially relevant and accessible to students in North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415141604
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/06/1998
Series:
Routledge Readers in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. David S. Whitley: Introduction -- New Approaches to Old Problems: Archaeology in Search of an Ever Elusive Past

I: THEORETICAL VIEWPOINTS

2. Kent V. Flannery and Joyce Marcus -- Cognitive Archaeology

3. Mark P. Leone -- Symbolic,

Structural and Critical Archaeology

4. Michael Shanks and Ian Hodder -- Processual, Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologies

5. Dorothy Hosler -- Sound, Color and Meaning in the Metallurgy of Ancient West Mexico

6. Persis Clarkson -- Archaeological Imaginings: Contextualization of Images

III: PREHISTORIC COGNITION

7. Steven J. Mithen -- From Domain Specific to Generalized Intelligence: A Cognitive Interpretation of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic

Transition

8. J. David Lewis-Williams -- Wrestling with Analogy: A Methodological Dilemma in Upper Paleolithic Art Research

IV: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY

9. Christopher S. Peebles -- Annalistes, Hermeneutics and Positivists: Squaring Circles or

Dissolving Problems

10. Charles R. Cobb -- Social Reproduction and the Long Dure in the Prehistory of the Midcontinental United States

V: GENDERING THE PAST

11. Patty Jo Watson and Mary C. Kennedy -- The Development of Horticulture in the

Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women's Role

12. Bernard Knapp -- Boys Will be Boys: Masculinist Approaches to a Gendered Archaeology

VI: IDEOLOGY AND SOCIAL THEORY

13. David S. Whitley -- By the Hunter, For the Gatherer: Art, Social Relations

and Subsistence Change in the Prehistoric Great Basin

14. Randall H. McGuire and Dean Saitta -- Although They Have Petty Captains, They Obey Them Badly: The Dialectics of Prehistoric Western Pueblo Social Organization

VII: ARCHAEOLOGY AND SOCIAL

RESPONSIBILITY

15. Christopher Tilley -- Archaeology as Socio-Political Action in the Present

16. Gary White Deer -- Return of the Sacred: Spirituality and the Scientific Imperative

of archaeology, much of the book's content is accessible to nonarchaeologists. In fact, it might be a good volume to scan for those who still somehow believe that archaeology is just digging for treasure from the past. Certainly, readers will come away with an understanding that

archaeology needs to be both scientific and humanistic (The Key Reporter)

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