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History of Archaeological Thought

History of Archaeological Thought - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0521600491

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ISBN13: 978-0521600491
ISBN10: 0521600499
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
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History of Archaeological Thought - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521600491

Bruce G. Trigger

ISBN13: 978-0521600491
ISBN10: 0521600499
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

In its original edition, Bruce Trigger's book was the first ever to examine the history of archaeological thought from medieval times to the present in world-wide perspective. Now, in this new edition, he both updates the original work and introduces new archaeological perspectives and concerns. At once stimulating and even-handed, it places the development of archaeological thought and theory throughout within a broad social and intellectual framework. The successive but interacting trends apparent in archaeological thought are defined and the author seeks to determine the extent to which these trends were a reflection of the personal and collective interests of archaeologists as these relate - in the West at least - to the fluctuating fortunes of the middle classes. While subjective influences have been powerful, Professor Trigger argues that the gradual accumulation of archaeological data has exercised a growing constraint on interpretation. In turn, this has increased the objectivity of archaeological research and enhanced its value for understanding the entire span of human history and the human condition in general.

  • An updated version of the definitive history of archaeology
  • Brings in new perspectives and areas of study
  • Places development of archaeological theory in broad social and intellectual framework

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
1. Studying the history of archaeology
2. Classical and other text-based archaeologies
3. Antiquarianism without texts
4. The beginnings of prehistoric archaeology
5. Evolutionary archaeology
6. Culture-historical archaeology
7. Early functional-processual archaeology
8. Processualism and postprocessualism
9. Pragmatic synthesis
10. The relevance of archaeology
Bibliographical essay.

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