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Beyond Subsistence: Plains Archaeology and the Postprocessual Critique by Philip Duke

This volume presents a series of essays, written by Plains scholars of diverse research interests and backgrounds, that apply postprocessual approaches to the solution of current problems in Plains archaeology. Postprocessual archaeology is seen as a potential vehicle for integrating culture-historical, processual, and postmodernist approaches to solve specific archaeological problems.

The contributors address specific interpretive problems in all the major regions of the North American Plains, investigate different Plains societies (including hunter-gatherers and farmers and their associated archaeological records), and examine the political content of archaeology in such fields as gender studies and cultural resource management. They avoid a programmatic adherence to a single paradigm, arguing instead that a mature archaeology will use different theories, methods, and techniques to solve specific empirical problems. By avoiding excessive infatuation with the correct scientific method, this volume addresses questions that have often been categorized as beyond archaeological investigations.

Contributors inlcude: Philip Duke, Michael C. Wilson, Alice B. Kehoe, Larry J. Zimmerman, Mary K. Whelan, Patricia J. O'Brien, Monica Bargielski Weimer, David W. Benn, Richard A. Krause, James F. Brooks, Neil A. Mirau, Miranda Warburton, Melissa A. Connor, and Ian Hodder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817307998
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Edition description: 1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Philip Duke is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.

Michael C. Wilson is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.

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