Reflecting the combination of traditional, formal scientific technique and the postmodern humanistic approach that defines archaeology in the late 1990s, this text emphasizes the importance of ideology and cognition. It shows by example the range of theoretical options available to the archaeologist, and addresses both strengths and weaknesses in processual and postprocessual approaches.
- Hardback | 688 pages
- 203.2 x 256.54 x 33.02mm | 1,542.21g
- 24 Dec 1997
- Cengage Learning, Inc
- Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
- Belmont, CA, United States
- 3rd Revised edition
- photographs, cartoons, glossary
Table of contents
Meet some real anthropologists; anthropology, science and the humanities; levels of archaeological theory; doing fieldwork - surveying for archaeological sites; doing fieldwork - remote sensing as noninvasive archaeology; doing fieldwork - why archaeologists dig square holes; chronology building - how to get a date; chronology building - how to understand stratigraphy; chronology building - low level archaeological theory in action; middle range research - ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology; people, plants and animals in the past; some bioarchaeological approaches to the past; understanding the social systems of the past; the archaeology of foragers - seasons, life space and gender; some neo-evolutionary approaches; archaeology of the mind - some cognitive approaches; archaeology of the mind - some empathetic approaches; historical archaeology - exploring capitalism and power in Anglo-America; historical archaeology - exploring African America; the business of archaeology - caring for America's cultural heritage; archaeology's unfinished business - who owns the past?.