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Global Archaeological Theory

Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Archaeological Theory

    1. Pedro Paulo Funari, Andrés Zarankin, Emily Stovel
      Pages 1-9
    2. Julian Thomas
      Pages 11-18
    3. Norberto Luiz Guarinello
      Pages 19-27
    4. Irina Podgorny, María Dolores Tobías, Máximo Farro
      Pages 59-76
  3. Archaeological Theory and Methods in Action

  4. Space and Power in Material Culture

  5. Images as Material Discourse

  6. The Construction of Archaeological Discourse

About this book


Archaeological theory has gone through a great upheaval in the last 50 years – from the processual theory, which wanted to make archaeology more "scientific" to post-processual theory, which understands that interpreting human behavior (even of past cultures) is a subjective study. This subjective approach incorporates a plurality of readings, thereby implying that different interpretations are always possible, allowing us to modify and change our ideas under the light of new information and/or interpretive frameworks. In this way, interpretations form a continuous flow of transformation and change, and thus archaeologists do not uncover a real past but rather construct a historical past or a narrative of the past.

Post-processual theory also incorporates a conscious and explicit political interest on the past of the scholar and the subject. This includes fields and topics such as gender issues, ethnicity, class, landscapes, and consumption. This reflects a conscious attempt to also decentralize the discipline, from an imperialist point of view to an empowering one. Method and theory also means being politically aware and engaged to incorporate diverse critical approaches to improve understanding of the past and the present.

This book focuses on the fundamental theoretical issues found in the discipline and thus both engages and represents the very rich plurality of the post-processual approach to archaeology. The book is divided into four sections: Issues in Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Theory and Method in Action, Space and Power in Material Culture, and Images as Material Discourse.


Keramik Vor- und Frühgeschichte archaeological theory hunter-gatherer landscape material culture network theory prehistory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Campinas State UniversityBrazil
  2. 2.Consajo Nacional de Investiǵacions Cientificas y Technicas Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos AiresInstituto Multidiciplinar de Historiae y Ciencias HumanasArǵentine
  3. 3.Ripon ColleǵeRipon

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Global Archaeological Theory
  • Book Subtitle Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts
  • Editors Pedro Paulo Funari
    Andrés Zarankin
    Emily Stovel
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-48650-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-306-48651-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-48652-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
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