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Author Trigger, Bruce G., author

Title A history of archaeological thought / Bruce G. Trigger
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [1989]


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Description xv, 500 pages : illuatrations ; 24 cm
Contents The relevance of archaeological thought -- Classical archaeology and antiquarianism -- The beginnings of scientific archaeology -- The imperial synthesis -- Culture-historical archaeology -- Soviet archaeology -- Functionalism in Western archaeology -- Neo-evolutionism in the new archaeology -- The explanation of diversity -- Archaeology and its social context
Summary Examining the history of archaeology from medieval times to the present, this book places the development of archaeological thought and theory within a broad social and intellectual framework. The successive but interacting trends apparent in archaeological thought are defined and the author determines the extent to which these trends reflect the personal and collective interests of archaeologists. He argues that while subjective influences have been powerful, the gradual accumulation of archaeological data has exercised a growing constraint on interpretation. In turn this has increased the objectivity of archaeological research and enhanced its value for understanding the entire span of human history and the human condition in general
Analysis Archaeology, history
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-476) and index
Subject Archaeology -- History.
Archaeology -- Philosophy -- History.
LC no. 88016926
ISBN 0521328780
0521338182 (paperback)