Archaeological Approaches to Technology

Archaeological Approaches to Technology

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This book is designed for upper-division undergraduate and graduate level archaeology students taking courses in ancient technologies, archaeological craft production, material culture, the history of technology, archaeometry, and field methods. This text can also serve as a general introduction and a reference for archaeologists, material culture specialists in socio-cultural disciplines, and engineers/scientists interested in the backgrounds and histories of their disciplines. The study of ancient technologies that is, the ways in which objects and materials were made and usedcan reveal insights into economic, social, political, and ritual realms of the past.This book summarizes the current state of ancient technology studies by emphasizing methodologies, some major technologies, and the questions and issues that drive archaeologists in their consideration of these technologies. It shows the ways that technology studies can be used by archaeologists working anywhere, on any type of society and it embraces an orientation toward the practical, not the philosophical. It compares the range of pre-industrial technologies, from stone tool production, fiber crafts, wood and bone working, fired clay crafts, metal production, and glass manufacture. It includes socially contextualized case studies, as well as general descriptions of technological processes. It discusses essential terminology (technology, material culture, chaine operatoire, etc.), primarily from the perspective of how these terms are used by archaeologists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 589.68g
  • Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
  • Bingley, United States
  • English
  • 0124969518
  • 9780124969513

Table of contents

List of Figures Preface & Acknowledgements Ch. 1. Introduction: Archaeological Approaches to Technology Ch. 2. Methodology: Archaeological Approaches to the Study of Technology Ch. 3. Extractive-Reductive Crafts Ch. 4. Transformational Crafts Ch. 5. Thematic Studies in Technology Ch. 6. Thematic Studies in Technology, Continued Ch. 7. The Examination of Multiple Technologies Bibliography
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Pre-publication endorsements... "As an introduction to archaeological studies of technology in an era of over-specialization, Millers pan-technology book is a welcome addition to our arsenal of teaching tools. By describing different technologies, she provides a worthy sequel to Otis T. Masons The Origins of Invention. Millers book is well written, informative, and speaks to contemporary issues in the study of technology." --Michael Brian Schiffer, University of Arizona "Writing in a cogent and engaging style, Miller leads us step-by-step through the intricacies of a breathtaking array of technologies and brilliantly captures how the material 'things' people make and use are embedded in their social lives." --Rita P. Wright, New York University
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About Heather Margaret-Louise Miller

Healther M.-L. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include the social and political structure of state-level societies, particularly in South Asia, as well as the archaeological study of technology and material culture.
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