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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415141604
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/6/1998
  • Series: Routledge Readers in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Whitley is the US representative of ICOMOS and lectures at UCLA. He is an internationally acclaimned expert on rock art, on which he has published widely.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 New Approaches to Old Problems: Archaeology in Search of an Ever Elusive Past 1
2 Cognitive Archaeology 35
3 Symbolic, Structural, and Critical Archaeology 49
4 Processual, Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologies 69
5 Sound, Color and Meaning in the Metallurgy of Ancient West Mexico 103
6 Archaeological Imaginings: Contextualization of Images 119
7 From Domain Specific to Generalized Intelligence: A Cognitive Interpretation of the Middle/Upper Palaeolithic Transition 137
8 Wrestling with Analogy: A Methodological Dilemma in Upper Palaeolithic Art Research 157
9 Annalistes, Hermeneutics and Positivists: Squaring Circles of Dissolving Problems 183
10 Social Reproduction of the Longue Duree in the Prehistory of the Midcontinental United States 199
11 The Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women's Role 223
12 Boys will be Boys: Masculinist Approaches to a Gendered Archaeology 241
13 By the Hunter, for the Gatherer: Art, Social, Relations and Subsistence Change in the Prehistoric Great Basin 257
14 Although they have Petty Captains, they Obey them Badly: The Dialectics of Prehispanic Western Pueblo Social Organization 275
15 Archaeology as Socio-Political Action in the Present 315
16 Return of the Sacred: Spirituality and the Scientific Imperative 331
Index 339
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