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A History of Archaeological Thought [Kindle Edition]

Bruce G. Trigger
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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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'This is a work which all thinking archaeologists will wish to have on their shelves.' Colin Renfrew, Nature

Book Description

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19467 KB
  • Print Length: 734 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521600499
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (11 Sept. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HAEDZ7O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Bruce Trigger's book deals with the genesis of archaeology up to the beginnings of post-processualism. Particularly strong on functionalism and the New Archaeology, it also very useful in describing the development of archaeology in its early stages. There are some omissions, such as the increasingly popular archaeological study of gender, but in general a wide approach covering archaeology in Britain, America and Europe. This book is vital for undergrad students and anyone wishing to learm more about what it is we study.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for references 3 May 2001
Format:Paperback
I'm doing a project on V.G.Childe and found this book a great source of reference. Its easy to understand and is full of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Volume 3 April 2014
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For any Archaeology student, academic or lay interest reader this is the essential volume required to cut through the matrix of Theory. Trigger excelled at summarising difficult concepts in short paragraphs before exploring their major themes. Wonderful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tricky stuff 11 Jan. 2015
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Not easy stuff to get your head round but essential for Undergrad Archaeology students.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and Boring. 10 Mar. 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my degree along with Matthew Johnson's "Archaeological Theory: An Introduction."
I read Johnson's book and loved it; I read this and loathed it. It is, as the title of this review suggests, boring and bland and, quite frankly, is not a needed buy. Everything you need to know about 'archaeological thought' or theory is in Johnson's book.
Don't buy this if you want an interesting and informative read.
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