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History of Archaeological Thought

ISBN-10: 0521840767

ISBN-13: 9780521840767

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Bruce G. Trigger

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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.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 732
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Bruce G. Trigger is James McGill Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. He received his PhD from Yale University and has carried out archaeological research in Egypt and the Sudan. His interests include the comparative study of early civilizations, the history of archaeology, and archaeological and anthropological theory. He has received various scholarly awards, including the prestigious Prix L�on G�rin from the Quebec government, for his sustained contributions to the social sciences. He is an honorary fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an honorary member of the Prehistoric Society (UK). His numerous books include the first edition of A History of Archaeological Thought (Cambridge 1989), The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume 1 (Cambridge 1996), co-edited with Wilcomb E. Washburn, and Understanding Early Civilizations (Cambridge 2003).

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Studying the History of Archaeology
Approaches to the History of Archaeology
Social Context
Archaeological Interpretation
Challenge
Classical and Other Text-Based Archaeologies
Interests in the Past
The Medieval View of History
Renaissance Antiquarianism
The Development of Classical Archaeology
Egyptology and Assyriology
Other First Archaeologies
Conclusions
Antiquarianism without Texts
Antiquarianism in Northern Europe
Recognition of Stone Tools
The Enlightenment
Scientific Antiquarianism
Antiquarianism and Romanticism
The New World
The Impasse of Antiquarianism
The Beginnings of Prehistoric Archaeology
Relative Dating
The Development and Spread of Scandinavian Archaeology
The Antiquity of Humanity
Palaeolithic Archaeology
Reaction against Evolution
Archaeology in North America
Conclusions
Evolutionary Archaeology
The Rise of Racism
Lubbock's Synthesis
Colonial Archaeology in the United States
Australian Prehistory
Archaeology in New Zealand
Racist Archaeology in Africa
The Legacy of Evolutionary Archaeology
Culture-Historical Archaeology
Early Interests in Ethnicity
Diffusionism
The Montelian Synthesis of European Prehistory
The Concept of Culture
The Birth of Culture-Historical Archaeology
Childe and The Dawn of European Civilization
European Archaeology and Nationalism
Other National Archaeologies
Culture-Historical Archaeology in the United States
Technical Developments
Theory
Conclusions
Early Functional-Processual Archaeology
Environmental Functional-Processualism
Social Anthropology
Economic Approaches
Soviet Archaeology
Childe as a Marxist Archaeologist
Grahame Clark
Early Functionalism in the United States
The Conjunctive Approach
Ecological and Settlement Archaeology
World Archaeology
Conclusions
Processualism and Postprocessualism
Neoevolutionism
Early New Archaeology
The Diversification of Processual Archaeology
Postprocessual Archaeology
Continental European Alternatives
Discussion
Pragmatic Synthesis
Competing Approaches
Theoretical Convergence
Middle-Ranging Theory
High-Level Theory
The Relevance of Archaeology
The Challenge of Relativism
The Development of Archaeology
Relations with Other Social Sciences
Coping with Subjectivity
Bibliographical Essay
References
Index