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Archaeological Theory: An Introduction [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Johnson
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Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.
  • New edition of a popular introductory text that explores the increasing diversity of approaches to archaeological theory
  • Features more extended coverage of 'traditional' or culture-historical archaeology 
  • Examines theory across the English-speaking world and beyond
  • Offers greatly expanded coverage of evolutionary theory, divided into sociocultural and Darwinist approaches
  • Includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and useful suggestions for further readings


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This is not just a thought–provoking up–to–date account of archaeological theory; it is also a helpful and engaging introduction for all those interested in the full array of archaeological perspectives in use today.
Ian Hodder, Stanford University

"With disarming wit and inspiring clarity, Matthew Johnson′s Archaeological Theory provides an engaging history of archaeological thinking that illuminates the discipline′s past and charts new pathways for its future."
Adam Smith, University of Chicago

"This is the key text for understanding archaeological theory. Matthew Johnson explains concepts and terms clearly and succinctly and makes complex theoretical ideas easily accessible."
Claire Smith, Flinders University

"In its coverage even better than the first edition, and as refreshingly written. An excellent guide through the changing landscape of archaeological theory. A ′must read′!"
Graeme Barker, University of Cambridge

From the Back Cover

Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.

Exploring the many ways of approaching the human past, from positivism to post–modernism, Johnson reveals the historical origins of different schools of thought and sets theories against the practical problems they are intended to solve, as well as against wider developments in other disciplines.

A lucid and concise guide to the most updated thinking and terminology in the field, Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition remains an invaluable resource for students and archaeologists of all stripes. 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2646 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UNVHQS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction 4 Mar. 2010
By Luned99
Format:Paperback
Many students beginning an archaeology degree discover that at some point they will have to take a compulsory "theory" course. The serious student approaching the study of theory for the first time may feel adrift on a sea of '-isms' (culture-historicism, processualism, functionalism, post-processualism, determinism... etc etc!). This book is a thoroughly engaging introduction for the undergraduate, providing the foundation from which they can then explore theory in more depth in the works of archaeologists such as Hodder, Sherratt, and Meskell.

A superb book, written in entertaining and accessible style and required reading for archaeology undergraduates in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly digestible 3 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an incredibly digestible introduction to the `History and Theory of archaeology'. A subject that is vast and often tedious to study.

This book gives you a basic oversight without the jargon of more detailed books such as 'A History of Archaeological Thought' by Bruce Trigger; yet allows you to proceed to such books with a greater comprehension. It is most suited to the humble student of archaeology entering the hostile, argumentative - sometimes dull and sleep inducing - world of theory.

The theory behind the discipline is often something which is overlooked due to its daunting scale and heated debate; and what sometimes looks like futile bickering amongst elitist academics that don't appear to be doing much `real' archaeology.

It is, however, an extremely important area of study. It raises issues that are sometimes blindly overlooked and keeps archaeology in some manner of equilibrium. All approaches to the discipline have their upsides and downsides, and studying them helps you to identify these flaws and merits. This then allows you to enhance your own approaches to the practice and inference of archaeology.

Highly recommended for prospective archaeologists, university students, and even established archaeologists who have not had much contact with theoretical debates surrounding their discipline. Even those like myself studying archaeological science should take a look!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential coursebook 28 Oct. 2013
By Elin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Easy to read. Essential book for anyone studying archaeology. It is informative and it tells you what you need. The kindle version doesn't give you the page numbers which is a down, as you then need a hard copy if you are using it as a reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad kindle 8 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is recommended reading for my Archaeological Theory module and the book itself is great and I'd recommend it to anyone as a thought provoking introduction to archaeological theory.
However the kindle edition doesn't include page numbers which makes it useless to reference without a physical copy. As an academic piece of writing you'd think they'd include page numbers!

I'd reccomend buying the physical copy even though it us a little bit more expensive if you are going to use this in academia.
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