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Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  157 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This is a lively overview of the major ideas and concepts in archaeological theory.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1999)
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Siw
Jun 30, 2014 Siw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archaeology
Do I feel like I have a firm grip on archaeological theory from reading this book? No, but, that was not the point of the book either, it is an introduction, and a very good one. I now feel ready to get into the heavier archaeological reading. Hodder next.

My reading tip for this book: read it from start to finish and with not too many breaks inbetween each part; even if you don't have to read all of it for uni, read all of it anyways! And start to finish, don't skip chapters or jump back an fort
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Elia Princess of Starfall
Jan 04, 2016 Elia Princess of Starfall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Archaeology enthusiasts
Recommended to Elia Princess of Starfall by: UCD
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Theory, even at its most benign, most placid or most understandable form, tends to irrevocably scare the living daylights out of most (sane?) people.

Theory is often seen as too "elitist", too "academic"or too "specialized" with too great an undeserved emphasis on its own superiority and influence. Its difficult, at certain times, to comprehend or make tangible sense out of theory especially the more obscure or lurid ones. Its a subject that will often make individuals inwardly shudder or groan
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Emma
Jan 24, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5
Kelly
Dec 08, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the theory challenged
Shelves: anthrofabulous
This is a great overview of archaeological theory. Simply explained, fantastic for those of us who are a bit simple when it comes to theory. So read up and figure out if you're a procesualist or a post-processualist.
Jayne
Dec 28, 2015 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archaeology
This is a must-have for any Archaeology student. Thought-provoking and easy to understand, it provide a nice introduction to a very complex topic.
Eduardo R
Nov 10, 2014 Eduardo R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BRAKUJE PRZYPISOW SKANDAL
Michele
Apr 21, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johnson's book provides a nice overview of archaeological theory. His writing style makes theory comprehensible without unnecessary jargon. There are other books which go into greater detail, but for an introductory text for undergraduate students or a quick review, this book will suffice.
radiev
Jan 25, 2015 radiev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nie dajcie się zwieść, to jest książka opisująca najważniejsze nurty myśli zachodniej XX wieku.
Lee Broderick
Argues convincingly that archaeology does not and cannot exist without theory.
Aimee
May 26, 2008 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the easiest to understand archaeological theory texts I read.
Marnu Gouws
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Very Informative!
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