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Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

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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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Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Voor mij was dit een lastig boek om te lezen. Niet zozeer omdat de inhoud zelf lastig was, maar omdat mijn Engels simpelweg te beperkt is. Desondanks zie ik dit boek als een must-read voor archeologiestudenten. Het geeft een duidelijk, beknopte uitleg van de meest gangbare wetenschapstheorieën binnen de archeologie. Die beknoptheid is voor mij tevens het grootste minpunt: het blijft een samenvatting zonder veel diepgang, maar daarmee is het doel van het boek wel bereikt. Het daagt je uit om krit ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2007 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.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 21, 2013 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.
Elia Princess of Starfall
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Archaeology enthusiasts
Recommended to Elia Princess of Starfall by: UCD

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
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written! At first theory seems 'boring' to a lot of archaeology students and even to some professional archaeologists. But, as Matthew Johnson shows, this doesn't have to be the case. His book is fulllllll of theory, but he writes in such a way that makes it all interesting and very understandable. I highly recommend this book to all archaeologists who don't get theory, who think they don't need theory or who claim to not even use theory. This book is very convincing! We all use theory, o ...more
Mar 02, 2013 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.
Jean-michel Pigeon
Bonne introduction à la théorie en archéologie
May 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the easiest to understand archaeological theory texts I read.
Lee Broderick
Argues convincingly that archaeology does not and cannot exist without theory.
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