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A History of Archaeological Thought

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The development of archeological thought is analyzed by examining archeological history to determine to what extent its trends reflect archeologists' personal & collective interests.
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The relevance of archaeological history
Classical archaeology & antiquarianism
The beginnings of scientific archaeology
The imperial synthesis
Paperback, 516 pages
Published January 26th 1990 by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge et al.) (first published January 1st 1989)
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I keep this book to cure insomnia. I have never been able to get through an entire chapter without falling asleep, regardless of where or when I'm reading it. It should be interesting! It's not poorly written! I have NO IDEA what my problem with it is.
Oct 22, 2008 Annie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Archaeologists
Wow, welcome to grad school Annie...
A good book to have on your shelf if only for the bibliography. Trigger includes many non-English sources that I would have otherwise overlooked. Definitely a dry read, but it does give a fairly comprehensive overview of the development of the discipline.
trying to read whole chapters for Archaeology tutorials was such a hard thing. kept putting me to sleep.
Catherine Bishop
I only read a few chapters for my studies, but this is really boring. Hard to read. Hard to understand. Hard to stay motivated to carry on.

However, a pretty important book for archaeological theory.
Mar 03, 2012 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The first chapter was very confusing, as was some of the later ones, but maybe that's just because I am not so good with the theoretical stuff...BUt I would recommend reading the first chapter last.
May 10, 2013 Sofia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: archaeologists, students
Shelves: archaeology, science
Well written and comprehensive book. For all those who are interested in archaeological methods and theories behind the practice.
Pretty good at describing the various ways of approaching archaeology through the ages using specific sites as examples.
Lee Broderick
A comprehensive guide to the subject: to the extent that "consulting Trigger" is a phrase known to most archaeologists.
An impressive life's work, but I prefer the updated 2nd edition.
For the theory dork in all of us.
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