Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 4, 2003 - History - 293 pages
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The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the rapid development of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists must consider a variety of perspectives in the complex and uncertain task of "translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language". While remaining centered on the importance of meaning, agency and history, the authors explore the latest developments in post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary theory and phenomenology. Previous Edition Hb (1991): 0-521-40142-9 Previous Edition Pb (1991): 0-521-40957-8
 

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User Review  - PammieJR - LibraryThing

I think I only read parts of this book for class, but I liked the writing style of Ian Hodder. He makes methodology not quite so boring. Read full review

Contents

Processual and systems approaches
20
Structuralist poststructuralist and semiotic archaeologies
45
Marxism and ideology
75
Agency and practice
90
Embodied archaeology
106
A rchaeology and history
125
Contextual archaeology
156
Postprocessual archaeology
206
archaeology as archaeology
236
Bibliography
248
Index
284
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Professor Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

Scott Hutson is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley

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