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Many consider Lewis Binford to be the single most influential figure in archaeology in the last half-century. His contributions to the "New Archaeology" changed the course of the field as he argued for the development of a scientifically rigorous framework to guide the excavation and interpretation of the archaeological record. In this book, first published nearly two deca ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1983)
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Lee Broderick
Although some case studies are presented, this comes across as 'my life as a manifesto' as much as anything else. Binford eulogises himself as a heroic figure struggling to convert the arts and humanities legions of archaeologists to the new doctrine of archaeology as science.

Binford was an important figure in the discipline but here comes across as one arrogant enough to think that he was more important than he was: that, in the words of Jose Mourinho, he was "the special one."
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Lewis Roberts Binford (November 21, 1931 – April 11, 2011) was an American archaeologist known for his influential work in archaeological theory, ethnoarchaeology and the Paleolithic period. He is widely considered among the most influential archaeologists of the later 20th century, and is credited with fundamentally changing the field with the introduction of processual archaeology (or the "New A ...more