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Archaeological Theory


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List of Figures viii Acknowledgments x Preface: The Contradictions of Theory xi 1 Common Sense is Not Enough 1 2 The "New Archaeology" 13 3 Archaeology as a Science 38 4 Middle?range Theory, Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture Studies 54 5 Culture and Process 72 6 Thoughts and Ideologies 94 7 Postprocessual and Interpretative Archaeologies 108 8 The Material Turn 132 9 Archaeology, Gender, and Identity 156 10 Archaeology and Cultural Evolution 180 11 Archaeology and Darwinian Evolution 202 12 Archaeology and History 226 13 Archaeology, Politics, and Culture 246 14 Conclusion: The Future of Theory 260 Selective Glossary 284 Further Reading 294 Bibliography 317 Index 358

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MATTHEW JOHNSON is Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the archaeology of Britain and Europe from AD1000 1800, issues of theory and interpretation, and the cultural context of archaeological practice.He is the author of six book-length studies and numerous papers.

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