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Reader in archaeological theory : post-processual and cognitive approaches
Whitley, David S.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
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xiv, 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
New approaches to old problems : archaeology in search of an ever elusive past / David S. Whitley -- Cognitive archaeology / Kent V. Flannery and Joyce Marcus -- Symbolic, structural, and critical archaeology / Mark P. Leone -- Processual, postprocessual and interpretive archaeologies / Michael Shanks and Ian Hodder -- Sound, color and meaning in the metallurgy of ancient West Mexico / Dorothy Hosler -- Archaeological imaginings : contextualization of images / Persis B. Clarkson -- From domain specific to generalized intelligence : a cognitive interpretation of the Middle/Upper Palaeolithic transition / Steven Mithen -- Wrestling with analogy : a methodological dilemma in Upper Palaeolithic art research / J.D. Lewis-Williams -- Annalistes, hermeneutics and positivists : squaring circles of dissolving problems / Christopher S. Peebles -- Social reproduction of the longue durée in the prehistory of the midcontinental United States / Charles R. Cobb -- The development of horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America : women's role / Patty Jo Watson and Mary C. Kennedy -- Boys will be boys : masculinist approaches to a gendered archaeology / A. Bernard Knapp --By the hunter, for the gatherer : art, social, relations and subsistence change in the prehistoric Great Basin / David S. Whitley -- Although they have petty captains, they obey them badly : the dialectics of Prehispanic western pueblo social organization / Randall H. McGuire and Dean J. Saitta -- Archaeology as socio-political action in the present / Christopher Tilley -- Return of the sacred : spirituality and the scientific imperative / Gary White Deer.
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This Reader in Archaeological Theorypresents sixteen articles of key theoretical significance, in a format which makes this notoriously complex area easier for students to understand.
This volume:
* provides an intellectual history of different approaches to archaeology which contextualizes the complex traditions of cognitive archaeology and postprocessualism on which it focuses
* organizes theories of archaeology, the meanings of things, the prehistoric mind and cognition, gender, ideology and social theory and archaeology's relationship to today's society and politics
* includes lucid section introductions to each section which provide context, explain why the papers are so significant and summarize their key points
* emphasizes research from the 'New World', making archaeological theory especially relevant and accessible to students in North America.

Author Notes

David S. Whitley is the US representative of ICOMOS and lectures at UCLA. He is an internationally acclaimned expert on rock art, on which he has published widely.