Symbolic and Structural Archaeology

ISBN-10: 0521035503
ISBN-13: 9780521035507
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ian Hodder
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This volume presents a searching critique of the more traditional archaeological methodologies and interpretation strategies and lays down a firm philosophical and theoretical basis for symbolist and structuralist studies in archaeology. A variety of procedures, ranging from ethnoarchaeological studies and computing techniques to formal studies of artefact design variability, are utilized to provide models for archaeologists within the proposed framework and the theory and models are then applied to a range of archaeological analyses. This particular approach sees all human actions as being meaningfully constituted within a social and cultural framework. Material culture is not simply an adaptive tool, but is structured according to sets of underlying principles which give meaning to, and derive meanings from, the social world. Thus structural regularities are shown to link seemingly disparate aspects of material culture, from funerary monuments to artefact design, from the use of space in settlements, to the form of economic practices.

Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. He has been Director of the Catalhoyuk Research Project since 1993.

Part I
Theoretical archaeology: a reactionary view
Artefacts as products of human categorisation processes
Social formation, social structures and social change Christopher Tilley
Epistemological issues raised by a structuralist archaeology
The Search for Models
Matters material and ideal
House Power: Swahili space and symbolic markers
The interpretation of spatial patterning in settlement residues
Decoration as ritual symbol: a theoretical proposal and an ethnographic study in southern
Structures and strategies: an aspect of the relationship between social hierarchy and cultural change
Mortuary practices, society and ideology: an ethnoarchaeological study
Application: the analysis of archaeological materials
Boundedness in art and society
Ideology, symbolic power and ritual communication: a reinterpretation of Neolithic mortuary practices
Ideology, change and the European Early Bronze Age
Sequences of structural change in the Dutch Neolithic
Commentary: Childe's offspring
Index

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