Symbolic and Structural Archaeology

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Ian Hodder
Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Social Science - 188 pages
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This volume presents a searching critique of the more traditional archaeological methodologies and interpretation strategies and lays down a firm philosophical and theoretical basis for symbolist and structuralist studies in archaeology. A variety of procedures, ranging from ethnoarchaeological studies and computing techniques to formal studies of artefact design variability, are utilized to provide models for archaeologists within the proposed framework and the theory and models are then applied to a range of archaeological analyses. This particular approach sees all human actions as being meaningfully constituted within a social and cultural framework. Material culture is not simply an adaptive tool, but is structured according to sets of underlying principles which give meaning to, and derive meanings from, the social world. Thus structural regularities are shown to link seemingly disparate aspects of material culture, from funerary monuments to artefact design, from the use of space in settlements, to the form of economic practices.
 

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symbolic archaeology is the part of language ,for example body language of the male and female figurines in paintings and symbols.
actions of human beings and animals shows the their behaviour.either
they were fighter or peace makers.religious symbols shows the relegious belives of hindu and buddha,s communities on lotas flower and life in the jungle or deer park. 

Contents

Artefacts as products of human categorisation
17
Epistemological issues raised by a structuralist
39
Swahili space and symbolic markers
63
a theoretical proposal
80
an aspect of the relationship
89
an ethno
99
Part three
115
Ideology change and the European Early Bronze
155
Sequences of structural change in the Dutch Neolithic
162
Part four
179
Index
185
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