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Archaeological Theory: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

Matthew Johnson

ISBN: 978-1-405-10015-1

Jan 2010

328 pages

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Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.
  • New edition of a popular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory
  • Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeology 
  • Examines theory across the English-speaking world and beyond
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of evolutionary theory, divided into sociocultural and Darwinist approaches
  • Includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and useful suggestions for further readings

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List of Figures vi

Acknowledgements viii

Preface: The Contradictions of Theory x

1 Common Sense is Not Enough 1

2 The 'New Archaeology' 12

3 Archaeology as a Science 35

4 Middle-range Theory, Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Studies 50

5 Culture and Process 68

6 Thoughts and Ideologies 89

7 Postprocessual and Interpretive Archaeologies 102

8 Archaeology, Gender and Identity 122

9 Archaeology and Cultural Evolution 143

10 Archaeology and Darwinian Evolution 164

11 Archaeology and History 185

12 Archaeology, Politics and Culture 199

13 Conclusion: The Future of Theory 216

Selective Glossary 236

Further Reading 245

Bibliography 265

Index 299

  • Thoroughly updated and enhanced new edition that reflects the latest thinking in archaeological methods
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of Darwinian theory
  • Thoroughly updated and enhanced new edition that reflects the latest thinking in archaeological methods
  • Explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory
  • Delves into theories outside of the English-speaking world
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of Darwinian theory
  • Includes a comprehensive glossary, bibliography, and engaging suggestions for further readings