Archaeological Semiotics

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Wiley, Jan 8, 2007 - Social Science - 352 pages
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This book explores the multiple ways in which archaeologists give meaning to the past, highlighting debates over the ontological and epistemological status of the discipline and evaluating current responses to these issues.

  • Explains why absolute foundations in archaeology are inadequate and looks at the alternatives.
  • Highlights debates over the ontological and epistemological status of the discipline and evaluates current responses to these issues.
  • Defines a new space for archaeological discourse and dialogue.

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About the author (2007)

Robert W. Preucel is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Curator of North American Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught previously at Southern Illinois University and Harvard University and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge. He is co-editor of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory (with Ian Hodder, Blackwell 1996).

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