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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press; Revised Edition edition (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759119589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759119581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author's droll humor helps incorporate theory within many other aspects of archaeology—CRM, field methods, the public, even issues of professionalism. Having taught archaeological theory for many years, I appreciate the revised edition, which is nicely updated to include more illustrations, concepts such as 'agency,' and new references and websites.

(Nancy White, author of Archaeology for Dummies)

About the Author

Adrian Praetzellis is professor of anthropology and director of the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University.

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This book is both a good narrative and an introduction to archaeological theory.
Dr Cornelius Holtorf
I highly recommend this book for all beginning archaeology students, and anyone interested in the subject.
Anita Cohen-Williams
This could have been brilliant, instead of the choppy, difficult read we have here.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sgkr on June 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for two reasons; I was curious to see if it would be worth using with an Intro to Archaeology class, and I have a terrible head for theory myself, so am always curious to see how other people approach it.
"Death by Theory" is not great literature, and not really that great of a mystery, but that's ok because it does one important thing very very well. It presents archaeological and anthropological theory in a totally non-threatening way, and in a way that a beginning (or forgetful) student is likely to remember. It's not going to tell the serious archaeology student everything he or she needs to know, but it's a great jumping off point for further discussion, as well as a good, basic reference that students will likely return to.
The illustrations are amusing and insightful, and there's enough humor and plot to keep the reader turning the pages. If I ever have the opportunity, I would definitely use this book with an intro class, and I am quite happy to add this book to my own reference library.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr Cornelius Holtorf on May 14, 2001
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This book is both a good narrative and an introduction to archaeological theory. It is *very* well written, *highly* competent and insightful (but without any jargon), *beautifully* illustrated, and *extremely* funny -- for archaeologists anyway. What more do you want? I wish there were more books like this that challenged the conventions of archaeological writing and argument in such sophisticated ways. Congratulations to Altamira Press for taking the risk that is necessarily involved in printing such a book *and* selling it at such a good price. These are the kind of publishers that actually move the discipline of Archaeology forward...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anita Cohen-Williams on December 23, 2001
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Death by Theory is a novel, but one with a purpose. The author teaches the reader all the concepts of archaeological theory while solving an archaeological mystery. I highly recommend this book for all beginning archaeology students, and anyone interested in the subject. I also got a kick out of the illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Johnson on August 30, 2006
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The author does an excellent job of easing the reader into such arcane topics as diffusionism and the post-modern non-method along with standard archaeological history and current cultural/ethical issues. And he does it with a funny and engaging storyline. I definitely recommend this book for enthusiasts and old pros alike. Can't wait to read the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Leinart on November 29, 2006
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A number of people recommended this book to me, since I am primarily an historian, and I really needed something that could explain archaeological theory to me in a way that made sense to my non-analytical brain. This book does exactly that, in the form of a tongue-in-cheek mystery set at a dig on an island in the Pacific NW.

While I was glad for the lessons in theory, this book also held a few disappointments. The prose style is mediocre, for one. Mr Praetzellis writes like he's got a synonym dictionary open in front of him, and he's damned if he'll use the same word twice, or use a person's name when he can describe them in some other way. I found this and the constant shifts in perspective really irritating. I also did not find any of his characters interesting or engaging, and most were downright annoying. However, I will admit that I have met incarnations of most of these people in the field, so I guess I can't fault him that much. So far as the story goes, considering it was meant to be a mystery, there were few surprises. The clues are laid on pretty heavily, and I'd worked out what was going on by about halfway through. I had hoped that the theory would be more cleverly worked into the story, rather than just having the characters explaining it to one another, but you can't have everything.

All that being said, I will probably hang onto it and read it again from time to time, just to make sure the slippery theories are firmly wedged into my brain.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2004
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Basic archaeology theory in a kind of illustrated novel. I enjoyed it a lot.
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