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Reading the Past: Current Approaches to Interpretation in Archaeology Hardcover – January 26, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521821322 ISBN-10: 0521821320 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (January 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521821320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521821322
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,490,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...must be read by all those who would perform as well as critique post-processual archaeology, for it will provide powerful stimuli for a necessary dialogue within archaeology." American Anthropologist

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The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the burgeoning of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists must bring to bear a variety of perspectives in the complex and uncertain task of 'translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language'. While remaining centred on the importance of meaning, agency and history, the authors explore cutting-edge developments in areas such post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary theory and phenomenology.

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By Alan Griffiths on October 2, 2013
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It presents a method of postprocessual interpretation that can be integrated with processual data. I would recommend this book to serious archaeologists.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
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Reading the past is Hodders first book where he explicitly descibes the new post-processual archaeology and give critics about the processual (and other) approach. Truly a paradigm-shift, this book is the first book that covers the basic ideas of post-processualism...
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Mendizabal on February 18, 2001
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Another jargon loaded archaeological theory classic. It reviews major trends of post-processual archaeology, but it sent me and most of my friends in the archaeology course straigh to sleep. If you want a good book on theory, that wont have the same effect, get Matthew Johnsons archaeological theory. ITs in plain english for a change.
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