Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

by Adrian Praetzellis
ISBN-10:
0759119589
ISBN-13:
9780759119581
Pub. Date:
01/16/2011
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
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Overview

Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

A European Neolithic burial. A large stone Venus. Nothing unusual except that it was found on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Archaeologist Hannah Green and her shovelbum nephew find themselves in a tangled web of competing interests - avaricious land owners, hungry media, and a cult of goddess worshippers - while investigating one of the finds of the century. In untangling the mystery of the Washington Venus, Hannah and Sean have to confront questions of archaeological evidence, conflicting interpretation of data, and the very nature of archaeological truths. This thoroughly updated version of an archaeological classic allows you to learn the basics of archaeological theory while puzzling out a mysterious turn of events.

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ISBN-13: 9780759119581
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/16/2011
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 483,499
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 "A" is for Archaeology: In which Dr. Green and Mr. Doyle are Enlisted 1

2 "A" is (also) for Artifact: In which we Learn that Sometimes a Rock is Just a Rock 13

3 "B" is for Binford: In which we Learn what's New about Archaeology 28

4 "C" is for Culture Process, and "E" is for Ethnoarchaeology: In which we Learn How the New Archeology Grew Old 40

5 "D" is for Diffusion: In which Dr. Green Goes from Diffusion to Confusion 56

6 "M" is for Materialism: In which we Look into the Mind of a Cannibal 74

7 "G" is for Gender: In which Controversy is En-gendered 95

8 "M" is for Marx (Karl, that is): In which Mr. Doyle's Ancestors are Outed 115

9 "N" is for Neoevolutionism, and "A" is for Agency: In which the Crew Adapt to their Environment 132

10 "P" is for Postmodern: In which a Postmodern Kind of Truth is Told 150

Epilogue: In which Everyone Gets Just what they Get 163

Talking Points 167

Glossary 171

For Further Reading 178

Index 184

About the Author/Illustrator 187

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