Foundations of Social Archaeology by Thomas C. Patterson
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Foundations of Social Archaeology
By Thomas C. Patterson

Foundations of Social Archaeology

Selected Writings of V. Gordon Childe

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Foundations of Social Archaeology by Thomas C. Patterson

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V. Gordon Childe is probably the most widely read early archaeologist of the 20th century and one of the world's most renowned prehistorians. A thorough understanding of the evolution of Childe's theoretical perspective is crucial to an understanding of the foundations of social archaeology. For the first time, a diverse collection of Childe's writings have been brought together in one volume. These fourteen essays, from his earliest seminal work in 1935 to his reflective essay "Retrospect" written in 1958 shortly before his death, document the progression of this dynamic thinker. Essays such as "Archaeology and Anthropology" show the evolution of Childe's theories from a conception of the past as a trait-list conceptualization of culture to an understanding of the profound social importance of social relations in transforming human history. His understanding of history evolved from a static notion into a dynamic conception that openly embraced social interaction and all that it entailed, a transformation that marked the earliest strains of social archaeology. The introduction by prominent anthropologists Thomas Patterson and Charles Orser places Childe's work in a larger context and explores Chile's ongoing value to modern readers. This volume will be of interest to archeologists, anthropologists and historians of social archaeology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845202729
ISBN-10: 1845202724
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 10-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas C. Patterson

Thomas C. Patterson is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Charles E. Orser, Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University and Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the National University of Ireland at Galway.

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