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Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

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By (author) Matthew Johnson

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 26 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 140510015X
  • ISBN 13: 9781405100151
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, diagrams, figures
  • Sales rank: 70,410

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Archaeological Theory, 2 nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research. New edition of apopular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeology Examines theory across the English-speaking world and beyond Offers greatly expanded coverage of evolutionary theory, divided into sociocultural and Darwinist approaches Includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and useful suggestions for further readings

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Matthew Johnson is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He has taught at the University of Sheffield, St. David's University College, Lampeter, and at Durham University. His previous books include Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape (1993), An Archaeology of Capitalism (1996, Blackwell), and Ideas Of Landscape (2006, Blackwell).

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"Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition" is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.Exploring the many ways of approaching the human past, from positivism to post-modernism, Johnson reveals the historical origins of different schools of thought and sets theories against the practical problems they are intended to solve, as well as against wider developments in other disciplines.A lucid and concise guide to the most updated thinking and terminology in the field, "Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition" remains an invaluable resource for students and archaeologists of all stripes.

Table of contents

List of Figures vi Acknowledgements viii Preface: The Contradictions of Theory x 1 Common Sense is Not Enough 1 2 The 'New Archaeology' 12 3 Archaeology as a Science 35 4 Middle-range Theory, Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Studies 50 5 Culture and Process 68 6 Thoughts and Ideologies 89 7 Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologies 102 8 Archaeology, Gender and Identity 122 9 Archaeology and Cultural Evolution 143 10 Archaeology and Darwinian Evolution 164 11 Archaeology and History 185 12 Archaeology, Politics and Culture 199 13 Conclusion: The Future of Theory 216 Selective Glossary 236 Further Reading 245 Bibliography 265 Index 299