Constructing Frames of Reference
An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets
By (author) Lewis R. Binford
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Constructing Frames of Reference by Lewis R. Binford
Book DescriptionMany 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. This book, the culmination of Binford's intellectual legacy thus far, presents a detailed description of his methodology and its significance for understanding hunter-gatherer cultures on a global basis. This landmark publication will be an important step in understanding the great process of cultural evolution and will change the way archaeology proceeds as a scientific enterprise. This work provides a major synthesis of an enormous body of cultural and environmental information and offers many original insights into the past. Binford helped pioneer what is now called 'ethnoarchaeology' - the study of living societies to help explain cultural patterns in the archaeological record - and this book is grounded on a detailed analysis of ethnographic data from about 340 historically known hunter-gatherer populations. The methodological framework based on this data will reshape the paradigms through which we understand human culture for years to come.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520223936
(280mm x 216mm x 43mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lewis R. Binford
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This text questions established ideas and proposes theories based on the author's comparative archaeological and ethnographic research. It seeks to provide students and general readers with an introduction to his ideas about understanding the human past.
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Author Biography - Lewis R. Binford
Lewis R. Binford is University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He is author of Debating Archaeology (1989), In Pursuit of the Past (1983), and Working at Archaeology (1983), among many other books.
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