Artifacts and Ideas

Artifacts and Ideas : Essays in Archaeology

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Prehistoric archaeologists cannot observe their human subjects nor can they directly access their subjects' ideas. Both must be inferred from the remnants of the material objects they made and used. In recent decades this incontrovertible fact has encouraged partisan approaches to the history and method of archaeology. An empirical discipline emphasizing data, classifi cation, and chronology has given way to a behaviorist approach that interprets fi nds as products of ecologically adaptive strategies, and to a postmodern alternative that relies on an idealist, cultural-relativist epistemology based on belief and cultural traditions. In Artifacts and Ideas, now in paperback, Bruce G. Trigger challenges all partisan versions of recent developments in archaeology, while remaining committed to understanding the past from a social science perspective.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 141280650X
  • 9781412806503
  • 2,207,942

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-... a fine narrative of the development of Trigger's metaphysics in his archaeological and historical research. It is accessible, clearly written, and worth close reading.- --Journal of Field Archaeologyshow more
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