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Interpretive Archaeology: A Reader [Paperback]

Julian Thomas
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16 Nov 2000
New forms of archaeology are emerging which position the discipline firmly within the social and cultural sciences. These approaches have been described as "post processual" or "interpretive" archaeology, and draw on a range of traditions of enquiry in the humanities, from Marxism and critical theory to hermeneutics, feminism, queer theory, phenomenology and post-colonial thinking. This volume gathers together a series of the canonical statements which have defined an interpretive archaeology. Many of these have been unavailable for some while, and others are drawn from inaccessible publications. In addition, a number of key articles are included which are drawn from other disciplines, but which have been influential and widely cited within archaeology. The collection is put into context by an editorial introduction and thematic notes for each section.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Leicester University Press (16 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718501926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718501921
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julian Thomas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester, in the UK. He specializes in the archaeology of the British Neolithic period, and in the theory and philosophy of archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and has been a Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has been involved in a series of major archaeological field projects, including the excavation of Neolithic monumental complexes at Dunragit and Holywood in south-west Scotland, and has been one of the directors of the Stonehenge Riverside Project. Together with Dr Keith Ray he is presently undertaking fieldwork in south-west Herefordshire, including excavation on a Neolithic long mound on Dorstone Hill.

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Julian Thomas is professor of archaeology at the Univeristy of Manchester. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic collection of theory based articles 19 May 2002
By Jennie
This is a very useful book for the archaeologist interested in theory, and particularly its applications. It is often difficult to link theory to its implications in archaeology when presented with an overview like Matthew Johnson's (1999) book. This book collects a number of theory based articles on a wide range of subjects, from gender in prehistory to Mike Parker-Pearson's interesting article on mortuary practices in 1970s Cambridge. If you are looking for a theoretical approach to a topic, or are interested in how theory can be applied, then this is a perfect place to start. An extensive bibliography and useful introductions by Julian Thomas to each section will also help you take your line of enquiry further.
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