List of Tables.
What is Semiotics?.
Archaeology and Semiotics.
Theorizing Material Culture.
Organization of Book.
Part I. Signs of Meaning.
2. Saussure and his Legacy.
Ferdinand de Saussure.
Semiology and Structural Lingustics.
Saussure and Modern Linguistics.
Symbolic and Cognitive Anthropology.
3. The Peircian Alternative.
Charles Sanders Peirce.
Peirce and Modern Philosophy.
Peirce and Modern Linguistics.
The Life of the Sign.
4. Pragmatic Anthropology.
Self and Social Identity.
Material Culture Meanings.
Part II: Aspects of a Semiotic Archaeology.
5. Structuralism and Processal Archaeology.
A Brief History of Processual Archaeology.
Rules and Representations.
Ideology and Structural Marxism.
6. Poststructuralism and Postprocessual Archaeologies.
A Brief History of Postprocessual Archaeologies.
From Structure to Practice.
Reading Material Culture.
Material Culture as Text.
7. Cognitive Science and Cognitive Archaeology.
A Brief History of Cognitive Archaeology.
The Evolution of Mind.
Part III: Archaeological Case Studies.
8. Brook Farm and Architecture of Utopia.
The Brook Farm Historical Site.
Semiotic Ideologies of Social Reform.
Houses as Social Actors.
Representing Brook Farm.
9. In the Aftermath of the Pueblo Revolt.
The New Mexico Colony.
The Pueblo Revitalization Movement.
“Living in Accord with the Laws of the Ancestors”.
Social Dynamics at Kotyiti Pueblo.
Regional Settlement Pattern.
Signs of the Times.
10. Material Meanings in Practice.
On Cables and Chains.
Integrating Words and Things.
Towards a Pragmatic Archaeology.
"As a reference text for the vast literature on semiotics across a multi-disciplinary field, this book is certainly a most useful aide."(Archaeological Review from Cambridge)
"Preucel's book reviews the work of Peirce in the context of contemporary archaeology. Its importance lies in the fact that it will introduce that work to a wider audience."(Cambridge Archaeological Journal)
- Explores the many ways in which archaeologists give meaning to the past.
- Explains why absolute foundations in archaeology are inadequate and looks at the alternatives.
- Highlights debates over the ontological and epistemological status of the discipline and evaluates current responses to these issues.
- Defines a new space for archaeological discourse and dialogue.