Archaeology: The Basics

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 239 pages
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From archaeological jargon to interpretation, Archaeology: The Basics provides an invaluable overview of a fascinating subject and probes the depths of this increasingly popular discipline, presenting critical approaches to the understanding of our past.

Lively and engaging, Archaeology: The Basics fires the archaeological imagination whilst tackling such questions as:

  • What are the basic concepts of archaeology?
  • How and what do we know about people and objects from the past?
  • What makes a good explanation in archaeology?
  • Why dig here?

This ultimate guide for all new and would-be archaeologists, whether they are students or interested amateurs, will prove an invaluable introduction to this wonderfully infectious discipline.

 

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Contents

How has archaeology changed?
6
How many archaeologies
19
Summary
42
Basic concepts
45
Two principles
59
People
73
How do we know?
92
Dualisms
105
Space
139
Summary
152
Change and stasis
155
Mechanisms and models
178
What we mean by power
191
The identity from
208
Index
235
Copyright

Summary
120

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