Handbook of Archaeological Theories

Handbook of Archaeological Theories
Author: R. Alexander Bentley,Herbert D. G. Maschner,Christopher Chippindale
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 590
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9780759100336
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Archaeological Theories Book Excerpt:

This handbook, a companion to the authoritative Handbook of Archaeological Methods, gathers original, authoritative articles from leading archaeologists on all aspects of the latest thinking about archaeological theory. It is the definitive resource for understanding how to think about archaeology.

Handbook of Archaeological Methods

Handbook of Archaeological Methods
Author: Herbert D. G. Maschner,Christopher Chippindale
Publsiher: Rowman Altamira
Total Pages: 1469
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780759100787
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Archaeological Methods Book Excerpt:

The Handbook of Archaeological Methods comprises 37 articles by leading archaeologists on the key methods used by archaeologists in the field, in analysis, in theory building, and in managing cultural resources. The book is destined to become the key reference work for archaeologists and their advanced students on contemporary archaeological methods.

Contradictions of Archaeological Theory

Contradictions of Archaeological Theory
Author: Sandra Wallace
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2012-01-30
ISBN: 1136913084
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contradictions of Archaeological Theory Book Excerpt:

Is current archaeological theory stuck at an impasse? Sandra Wallace argues that archaeological theory has become mired as a result of logical and ontological contradictions. By showing that these contradictions are a result of common underlying philosophical assumptions and fallacies this book is able to show how a fresh approach to this discipline is necessary to resolve them, even if this requires re-examining some of the tenants of orthodox archaeology. This fresh approach is achieved by using Critical Realism as an "under labourer" to philosophically evaluate archaeological theory. Starting by assessing the historical impact of philosophy on the discipline and then looking at the current relationship between archaeology and the ontology of the material this book facilitates the construction of discipline specific theory by archaeologists. The result is an approach to archaeology that allows both students and practitioners to free themselves from endemic contradictions and re-discover their approach to archaeological theory.

Archaeological Theory Today

Archaeological Theory Today
Author: Ian Hodder
Publsiher: Polity
Total Pages: 347
Release: 2012-03-26
ISBN: 0745653065
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeological Theory Today Book Excerpt:

This title brings together some of the major exponents and innovators in the discipline to introduce their individual areas of specialism. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to the future of the discipline.

Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History

Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History
Author: Geoff Emberling
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2015-11-24
ISBN: 1316453553
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History Book Excerpt:

At a time when archaeology has turned away from questions of the long-term and large scale, this collection of essays reflects on some of the big questions in archaeology and ancient history - how and why societies have grown in scale and complexity, how they have maintained and discarded aspects of their own cultural heritage, and how they have collapsed. In addressing these long-standing questions of broad interest and importance, the authors develop counter-narratives - new ways of understanding what used to be termed 'cultural evolution'. Encompassing the Middle East and Egypt, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, the fourteen essays offer perspectives on long-term cultural trajectories; on cities, states and empires; on collapse; and on the relationship between archaeology and history. The book concludes with a commentary by one of the major voices in archaeological theory, Norman Yoffee.

A History of Anthropological Theory Fifth Edition

A History of Anthropological Theory  Fifth Edition
Author: Paul A. Erickson,Liam D. Murphy
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-10-21
ISBN: 1442636831
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Anthropological Theory Fifth Edition Book Excerpt:

"An accessible and engaging overview of anthropological theory that provides a comprehensive history from antiquity through to the twenty-first century. The fifth edition has been revised throughout, with substantial updates to the Feminism and Anthropology section, including more on Gender and Sexuality, and with a new section on Anthropologies of the Digital Age. Once again, A History of Anthropological Theory will be published simultaneously with the accompanying reader, mirroring these changes in the selection of readings, so they can easily be used together in the classroom. Additional biographical information about some of theorists has been added to help students."--

Western Pontic Culture Ambience and Pattern

Western Pontic Culture Ambience and Pattern
Author: Lolita Nikolova,Marco Merlini,Alexandra Comsa
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2016-01-01
ISBN: 3110500825
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Western Pontic Culture Ambience and Pattern Book Excerpt:

'Western-Pontic Culture Ambience and Pattern: In Memory of Eugen Comsa' is dedicated to the memory of Eugen Comsa, an archaeologist whose work created the foundation of the Northern Balkan prehistory and was essential for the contemporary view of the prehistory of the North-western Pontic region. This edited volume brings together researchers in the field of Circumpontic archaeology from the Neolithic to the Iron Age period. The content of the volume is offered to students and scholars who seek a deeper understanding of the prehistory of the Western Pontic region, in particular the Balkans in their Eurasian context and more broadly to enhance the scholarly collections of academic, educational, public and private libraries throughout the world.

Engaging Archaeology

Engaging Archaeology
Author: Stephen W. Silliman
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2018-02-21
ISBN: 1119240506
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Engaging Archaeology Book Excerpt:

Bringing together 25 case studies from archaeological projects worldwide, Engaging Archaeology candidly explores personal experiences, successes, challenges, and even frustrations from established and senior archaeologists who share invaluable practical advice for students and early-career professionals engaged in planning and carrying out their own archaeological research. With engaging chapters, such as 'How Not to Write a PhD Thesis: Some Real-Life Lessons from 1990s Michigan and Prehistoric Italy" and "Accidentally Digging Central America's Earliest Village", aspiring and established archaeologist readers are transported to the desks, digs, and data-labs of the authors, learning the skills, tricks of the trade, and potential pit-falls. Case studies collectively span many regions, time periods, issues, methods, and materials. From the pre-Columbian Andes to Viking Age Iceland, North America to the Middle East, Medieval Ireland to remote North Australia, and Europe to Africa and India, Engaging Archaeology is packed with rich, first-hand source material. Unique and thoughtful, Stephen W. Silliman's guide is an essential course book for early-stage researchers, advanced undergraduates, and new graduate students, as well as those teaching and mentoring. It will also be insightful and enjoyable reading for veteran archaeologists.

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory Sixth Edition

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory  Sixth Edition
Author: Paul A. Erickson,Liam D. Murphy
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-04-23
ISBN: 1487524986
Category: Anthropology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory Sixth Edition Book Excerpt:

The sixth edition of this bestselling text offers a concise history of anthropological theory from antiquity to the twenty-first century, with new and significantly revised sections that reflect the current state of the field.

Archaeology and Economic Development

Archaeology and Economic Development
Author: Paul Burtenshaw
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2017-12-02
ISBN: 1351191136
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeology and Economic Development Book Excerpt:

"Nowhere in archaeology is the gap between theory and practice more evident than in its ambivalent engagement with economic development. This groundbreaking volume assembles practicing archaeologists, economists, and NGO officials in an extensive exploration of the theoretical, practical and ethical issues raised by archaeologists' use of cultural heritage to support economic development. The first chapters consider the problem of articulating the value of tangible and intangible heritage when economic measures alone are inadequate. Subsequent chapters present regional perspectives on archaeology and development, and present a host of case studies from around the globe that describe archaeologists' development projects, including some that are successful and others that are less so. These studies both suggest best practices in the implementation of development projects and illuminate the obstacles to success created by political conflict and competing human needs. Ethical issues and practical considerations converge in chapters that explore the role that members of local communities should play in the design, management and governance of archaeological and heritage resources. In this volume, archaeologists and heritage professionals will encounter a thought-provoking international discourse concerning the path forward for archaeology as the field engages with economic development."

Writing about Archaeology

Writing about Archaeology
Author: Graham Connah
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-03-08
ISBN: 1139788957
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing about Archaeology Book Excerpt:

In this book, Graham Connah offers an overview of archaeological authorship: its diversity, its challenges, and its methodology. Based on his own experiences, he presents his personal views about the task of writing about archaeology. The book is not intended to be a technical manual. Instead, Connah aims to encourage archaeologists who write about their subject to think about the process of writing. He writes with the beginning author in mind, but the book will be of interest to all archaeologists who plan to publish their work. Connah's overall premise is that those who write about archaeology need to be less concerned with content and more concerned with how they present it. It is not enough to be a good archaeologist. One must also become a good writer and be able to communicate effectively. Archaeology, he argues, is above all a literary discipline.

Handbook of Gender in Archaeology

Handbook of Gender in Archaeology
Author: Sarah M. Nelson,Rowman and Littlefield,Diane Lyons
Publsiher: Rowman Altamira
Total Pages: 913
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780759106789
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Gender in Archaeology Book Excerpt:

First reference work to explore the research on gender in archaeology.

Archaeology

Archaeology
Author: Kevin Greene,Tom Moore
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-06-17
ISBN: 1136860290
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeology Book Excerpt:

Book Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of illustrations -- List of tables -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Referencing -- Glossary and index -- CHAPTER 1 The Idea of the Past -- CHAPTER 2 Discovery and Investigation -- CHAPTER 3 Excavation -- CHAPTER 4 Dating the past -- CHAPTER 5 Archaeological science -- CHAPTER 6 Making sense of the past -- GLOSSARY -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX

Cities Made of Boundaries

Cities Made of Boundaries
Author: Benjamin N. Vis
Publsiher: UCL Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2018-09-17
ISBN: 178735105X
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cities Made of Boundaries Book Excerpt:

Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radically comparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Based in multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understanding of the boundaries that compose built space is operationalised by a mapping practice utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Benjamin N. Vis gives a precise account of how BLT Mapping can be applied to detailed historical, reconstructed, contemporary, and archaeological urban plans, exemplified by sixteenth to twenty-first century Winchester (UK) and Classic Maya Chunchucmil (Mexico). This account demonstrates how the functional and experiential difference between compact western and tropical dispersed cities can be explored. The methodological development of Cities Made of Boundaries will appeal to readers interested in the comparative social analysis of built environments, and those seeking to expand the evidence-base of design options to structure urban life and development.

Archaeological Theory in Europe

Archaeological Theory in Europe
Author: Ian Hodder
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2014-10-30
ISBN: 1317596617
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeological Theory in Europe Book Excerpt:

The 1980s witnessed exciting developments in theoretical writing in Western archaeology. Where previous decades were dominated by the Anglo-American perspective, or "New Archaeology", the recent years showed the European debate grow in confidence and vitality. This book, published in 1991, captures this spirit of debate as contributors from a wide cross-section of countries evaluate the development of the distinctly national and European characteristics of archaeology and assess future directions. Contributors consider an extensive range of ideologies and viewpoints, stressing the fundamentally historical emphasis and social construction of European archaeology. The development of archaeological theory is traced, with specific emphasis on factors which differ from country to country. Ultimately, it argues that the most active response to archaeology is to celebrate theory within a constantly critical mode. A great insight into the development of theory.

Archaeology of Domestic Architecture and the Human Use of Space

Archaeology of Domestic Architecture and the Human Use of Space
Author: Sharon R Steadman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2016-06-16
ISBN: 1315433966
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeology of Domestic Architecture and the Human Use of Space Book Excerpt:

This volume is the first text to focus specifically on the archaeology of domestic architecture. Covering major theoretical and methodological developments over recent decades in areas like social institutions, settlement types, gender, status, and power, this book addresses the developing understanding of where and how people in the past created and used domestic space. It will be a useful synthesis for scholars and an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology and architecture. The book-covers the relationship of architectural decisions of ancient peoples with our understanding of social and cultural institutions;-includes cases from every continent and all time periods-- from the Paleolithic of Europe to present-day African villages;-is ideal for the growing number of courses on household archaeology, social archaeology, and historical and vernacular architecture.

AP2017 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection

AP2017  12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection
Author: Benjamin Jennings,Christopher Gaffney,Thomas Sparrow,Sue Gaffney
Publsiher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2017-09-30
ISBN: 1784916781
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

AP2017 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection Book Excerpt:

The Proceedings of 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection draws together over 100 papers addressing archaeological prospection techniques, methodologies and case studies from around the world.

A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean

A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Author: Jeremy McInerney
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2014-08-25
ISBN: 1444337343
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean Book Excerpt:

A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean presents a comprehensive collection of essays contributed by Classical Studies scholars that explore questions relating to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean world. Covers topics of ethnicity in civilizations ranging from ancient Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into Late Antiquity Features cutting-edge research on ethnicity relating to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities Reveals the explicit relationships between ancient and modern ethnicities Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an active component of social identity Represents a fundamental questioning of formally accepted and fixed categories in the field

The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology
Author: Barbara Mills,Severin Fowles
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 832
Release: 2017-08-15
ISBN: 0199978433
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology Book Excerpt:

The American Southwest is one of the most important archaeological regions in the world, with many of the best-studied examples of hunter-gatherer and village-based societies. Research has been carried out in the region for well over a century, and during this time the Southwest has repeatedly stood at the forefront of the development of new archaeological methods and theories. Moreover, research in the Southwest has long been a key site of collaboration between archaeologists, ethnographers, historians, linguists, biological anthropologists, and indigenous intellectuals. This volume marks the most ambitious effort to take stock of the empirical evidence, theoretical orientations, and historical reconstructions of the American Southwest. Over seventy top scholars have joined forces to produce an unparalleled survey of state of archaeological knowledge in the region. Themed chapters on particular methods and theories are accompanied by comprehensive overviews of the culture histories of particular archaeological sequences, from the initial Paleoindian occupation, to the rise of a major ritual center in Chaco Canyon, to the onset of the Spanish and American imperial projects. The result is an essential volume for any researcher working in the region as well as any archaeologist looking to take the pulse of contemporary trends in this key research tradition.

Social Complexity and Complex Systems in Archaeology

Social Complexity and Complex Systems in Archaeology
Author: Dries Daems
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2021-02-23
ISBN: 1000344738
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Complexity and Complex Systems in Archaeology Book Excerpt:

Social Complexity and Complex Systems in Archaeology turns to complex systems thinking in search of a suitable framework to explore social complexity in Archaeology. Social complexity in archaeology is commonly related to properties of complex societies such as states, as opposed to so-called simple societies such as tribes or chiefdoms. These conceptualisations of complexity are ultimately rooted in Eurocentric perspectives with problematic implications for the field of archaeology. This book provides an in-depth conceptualisation of social complexity as the core concept in archaeological and interdisciplinary studies of the past, integrating approaches from complex systems thinking, archaeological theory, social practice theory, and sustainability and resilience science. The book covers a long-term perspective of social change and stability, tracing the full cycle of complexity trajectories, from emergence and development to collapse, regeneration and transformation of communities and societies. It offers a broad vision on social complexity as a core concept for the present and future development of archaeology. This book is intended to be a valuable resource for students and scholars in the field of archaeology and related disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, as well as the natural sciences studying human-environment interactions in the past.