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ISBN-13: 978-0415157445 ISBN-10: 0415157447 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Ian Hodder is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Michael Shanks is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Wales. Alexandra Alexandri, Victor Buchli, John Carman, Jonathan Last and Gaving Lucas are all at the University of Cambridge.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415157447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415157445
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By SherdNerd on January 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Theoretical works tend to have obtuse concepts, confounding many undergraduates and graduates alike. Hodder's book provides a well-written and understandable explanation of post-processualism and the need to go beyond strict theoretical guidelines in archaeology. In short, there is a lot more theoretical wiggle room than many archaeologists would like to admit. I would recommend this book as an excellent companion to any broader text on archaeological theory.

The long winded debate between Lewis Binford and Ian Hodder has both confused and irritated many budding anthropologists and archaeologists during the study of archaeological theory. Having the one of the major forerunners of Processual Theory pitting against the forerunner of Postprocessual theory doesn't expand theoretical concepts, but hinders the development of the field. In this book, Hodder and the other contributors have a more conciliatory tone, demonstrating a need to combine the best of each archaeological theory.
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