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The Archaeological Process: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-19885-7
260 pages
March 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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This provocative introduction examines the most important new school of archaeological thought and practice to have emerged over the last two decades and provides students with an assessment of the impact and importance of recent theoretical debates.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Preface: Digging Outside the Shelter.


1. Crises in Global Archaeology.

2. Archaeology - Bridging Humanity and Science.

3. How do Archaeologists Reason?.

4. Interpreting Material Culture.

5. Towards a Reflexive Method.

6. The Natural Sciences in Archaeology.

7. Using the New Information Technologies.

8. Windows into Deep Time: Towards a Multiscalar Approach.

9. Archaeology and Globalism.

10. Can the New Technologies Deliver a Reflexive Methodology?.

11. Conclusion: Towards Non-dichotomous Thinking in Archaeology.



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Author Information

Ian Hodder is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is general editor of the Blackwell Social Archaeology series, author of Reading the Past (1986), Symbolic and Structural Archaeology (1982), The Domestication of Europe (Blackwell, 1990) and co-editor with Robert Preucel of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: A Reader (Blackwell, 1996).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • The latest contribution to debates about archaeological theory by this leading figure in the field.

  • Provides a provocative, yet accessible, overview of the most important new school of archaeological thought and practice to have emerged over last 20 years.

  • Sets forth an innovative agenda for the future in which there is room for plural and diverse perspectives in seeking and interpreting material remains.
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"The most important study of its kind to have appeared since Wheeler's Archaeology from the Earth in 1954...Prof. Hodder has issued a clear and cogent challenge to which our profession should respond." Antiquity.
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