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Reading the Past

Ian Hodder

Reading the Past

Ian Hodder

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The mainstream archaeology of the seventies, 'processual archaeology', modelled itself on the natural sciences. It has been challenged in recent years by a 'post-processual' archaeology which draws upon the wider perspectives of history and social anthropology, insisting that account must be taken of the context and meaning of behaviour, and that the ideological uses of archaeology be recognized by practitioners. Ian Hodder, a leading figure in the new movement, argues in this book that in explaining the behaviour of past societies a concern with meaning must be joined to the study of ecological constraints and economic and social processes. This leads him to discuss systems theory and structuralist and Marxist approaches in archaeology. Post-processual archaeology is socially engaged and multivocal, since if material remains may be treated in some ways as texts, they lend themselves to divergent readings. Hodder suggests that archaeologists must bring a variety of perspectives to bear in the complex and uncertain tack of 'translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language'.

- Publisher A revised edition of this controversial textbook first published in 1986. Hodder puts forward the case for a 'post-processual' archaeology which draws upon the wider perspectives of history and social anthropology.

- Publisher 'One of the most important and provocative recent contributions to the theory and philosophy of archaeology.' British Archaeological News

- Publisher

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About "Reading the Past"

The mainstream archaeology of the seventies, 'processual archaeology', modelled itself on the natural sciences. It has been challenged in recent years by a 'post-processual' archaeology which draws upon the wider perspectives of history and social anthropology, insisting that account must be taken of the context and meaning of behaviour, and that the ideological uses of archaeology be recognized by practitioners. Ian Hodder, a leading figure in the new movement, argues in this book that in explaining the behaviour of past societies a concern with meaning must be joined to the study of ecological constraints and economic and social processes. This leads him to discuss systems theory and structuralist and Marxist approaches in archaeology. Post-processual archaeology is socially engaged and multivocal, since if material remains may be treated in some ways as texts, they lend themselves to divergent readings. Hodder suggests that archaeologists must bring a variety of perspectives to bear in the complex and uncertain tack of 'translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language'.
- Publisher

A revised edition of this controversial textbook first published in 1986. Hodder puts forward the case for a 'post-processual' archaeology which draws upon the wider perspectives of history and social anthropology.
- Publisher

'One of the most important and provocative recent contributions to the theory and philosophy of archaeology.' British Archaeological News
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Ian Hodder

Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. He was recently awarded the Huxley Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute and is the author of various books, including, most recently, The Leopard's Tale: Revealing the Mysteries of Catalhoyuk (2006).

Table Of Contents

  • Preface To The First Edition
  • Preface To The Second Edition
  • 1. The Problem
  • 2. The Systems Approach
  • 3. Structuralist Archaeology
  • 4. Marxist Archaeology, Ideology And Practice
  • 5. Archaeology And History
  • 6. An Ethnohistoric Example: Reconsideration Of Ethnoarchaeology And
  • Middle Range Theory
  • 7. Contextual Archaeology
  • 8. Post-processual Archaeology
  • 9. Conclusion: Archaeology As Archaeology
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 94639
  • Product Code 0521409578
  • EAN 9780521409575
  • Pages 235
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Archaeology
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Mar 1991
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.335kg

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