A History of Archaeological Thought

A History of Archaeological Thought


By (author) Bruce G. Trigger

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  • Format: Paperback | 516 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 38mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521600499
  • ISBN 13: 9780521600491
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: with 50 figs and illus.
  • Sales rank: 82,340

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This examination of the history of archaelogy from the Middle Ages to the present day, seen in a world-wide perspective, has been reprinted and is available in paperback. The second edition is further updated, and introduces new archaeological perspectives and concerns. The reduced price paperback is the first edition, not the second.

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Author information

Bruce G. Trigger is James McGill Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. He received his PhD from Yale University and has carried out archaeological research in Egypt and the Sudan. His interests include the comparative study of early civilizations, the history of archaeology, and archaeological and anthropological theory. He has received various scholarly awards, including the prestigious Prix Leon Gerin from the Quebec government, for his sustained contributions to the social sciences. He is an honorary fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an honorary member of the Prehistoric Society (UK). His numerous books include the first edition of A History of Archaeological Thought (Cambridge 1989), The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume 1 (Cambridge 1996), co-edited with Wilcomb E. Washburn, and Understanding Early Civilizations (Cambridge 2003).

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From the previous edition: 'This is a work which all thinking archaeologists will wish to have on their shelves.' Colin Renfrew, Nature ' ... a substantial update ...' Journal of Medieval Archaeology '... remains the very best macro-history available.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal

Table of contents

Preface to the second edition; 1. Studying the history of archaeology; 2. Classical and other text-based archaeologies; 3. Antiquarianism without texts; 4. The beginnings of prehistoric archaeology; 5. Evolutionary archaeology; 6. Culture-historical archaeology; 7. Early functional-processual archaeology; 8. Processualism and postprocessualism; 9. Pragmatic synthesis; 10. The relevance of archaeology; Bibliographical essay.