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Archaeological Theory in Practice

ISBN-10: 1598746294

ISBN-13: 9781598746297

Edition: 2015

Authors: Patricia A. Urban, Edward Schortman

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'In this concise, friendly textbook, Patricia Urban and Edward Schortman teach the basics of archaeological theory, making explicit the crucial link between theory and the actual conduct of archaeological research. The first half of the text addresses the general nature of theory, as well as how it is used in the social sciences and in archaeology in particular. To demonstrate the usefulness of theory, the authors draw from research at Stonehenge, Mesopotamia, and their own long-term research project in the Naco Valley of Honduras. They show how theory becomes meaningful when it is used by very real individuals to interpret equally real materials. These extended narratives exemplify the creative interaction between data and theory that shape our understanding of the past. Ideal for introductory courses in archaeological theory.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Theory, Perception, and Explanation: World Views and Science
Theories, Perceptions, and Explanations in the Social Sciences
Dimensions of Theory in Archaeology
Putting Theories Together: Archaeological Schools
Taking on the State in Southern Mesopotamia
Multiple Views of Stonehenge
Culture, History, and Adaptation in the Naco Valley
Crafting Power in the Late Classic Naco Valley
Practicing Power over Time
Conclusions
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors