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Re-Constructing Archaeology Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0415088704
ISBN-13: 9780415088701
Edition: 2nd 1992 (Revised)
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Description: How should we view the archaeological past? How can we come to understand it and what procedures are suitable for constructing archaeological knowledge? What is the goal of archaeology?Reconstructing Archaeologytackles these issues with wit and  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/19/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

How should we view the archaeological past? How can we come to understand it and what procedures are suitable for constructing archaeological knowledge? What is the goal of archaeology?Reconstructing Archaeologytackles these issues with wit and vigor, challenging the disciplinary practices of both traditional and "new" archaeology and presenting a radical alternative--a critically self-conscious archaeology and a social archaeology that appreciates artifacts not merely as objects of analysis but as part of a social world of past and present that is charged with meaning. Reconstructing Archaeologyranges widely across social and philosophical literature, from philosophy of science to hermeneutics, structuralism to poststructuralism and Marxism. Its concerns, however, are not simply theoretical. Rather, the authors attempt to bridge the rift between theoretical argument and practical research, be it excavation, artifact analysis or the relationship betweenprofessional archaeologists and the public. WhenReconstructing Archaeologywas first published, it provoked a storm of controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. This second edition provides an updated preface and appendix, in which Michael Shanks and Christopher Tilley further develop their arguments, responding to their most vocal critics.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Preface to the second edition
Introduction
Issues in Archaeological Theory and Practice: Critique and Development
The present past
Positivism and the 'new archaeology'
Facts and values in archaeology
Presenting the past: towards a redemptive aesthetic for the museum
Perspectives for a Social Archaeology
Hermeneutics, dialectics and archaeology
Social archaeology: the object of study
Material Culture and Social Practices
Style and ideology
Social values, social constraints and material culture: the design of contemporary beer cans
Conclusions
Archaeological theory and practice today
Appendix: Archaeology into the 1990s
References
Index

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