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Reading the Past
Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821322

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  • The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the burgeoning of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists must bring to bear a variety of perspectives in the complex and uncertain task of constructing meaning from the past. While remaining centred on the importance of hermeneutics, agency and history, the authors explore cutting-edge developments in areas such as post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary theory and whole new branches of theory such as phenomenology. With the addition of two completely new chapters, the third edition of Reading the Past presents an authoritative, state-of-the-art analysis of contemporary archaeological theory. Also including new material on feminist archaeology, historical approaches such as cultural history, and theories of discourse and signs, this book represents essential reading for any student or scholar with an interest in the past.

    • Written by one of the world's most influential archaeologists
    • Concise and accessible introduction to archaeological theory
    • On the cutting edge of contemporary developments in archaeological theory
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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821322
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 143 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.537kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the third edition
    1. The problem
    2. Processual and systems approaches
    3. Structuralist, post-structuralist and semiotic archaeologies
    4. Marxism and ideology
    5. Agency and practice
    6. Embodied archaeology
    7. Archaeology and history
    8. Contextual archaeology
    9. Post-processual archaeology
    10. Conclusion: archaeology as archaeology
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Archaeology Research-Children in Archaeology
    • Archaeological Method and Theory
    • Archaeological Research Strategies
    • Archaeology of Death
    • History of Archaeology
    • Principles of Archaeology
    • Theoretical approaches in Classical archaeology
  • Authors

    Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California
    Professor Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

    Scott Hutson, University of California, Berkeley
    Scott Hutson is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley

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