Symbolic and Structural Archaeology
Edited by Ian Hodder
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Symbolic and Structural Archaeology by Ian Hodder
Book DescriptionThis volume presents a searching critique of the more traditional archaeological methodologies and interpretation strategies and lays down a firm philosophical and theoretical basis for symbolist and structuralist studies in archaeology. A variety of procedures, ranging from ethnoarchaeological studies and computing techniques to formal studies of artefact design variability, are utilized to provide models for archaeologists within the proposed framework and the theory and models are then applied to a range of archaeological analyses. This particular approach sees all human actions as being meaningfully constituted within a social and cultural framework. Material culture is not simply an adaptive tool, but is structured according to sets of underlying principles which give meaning to, and derive meanings from, the social world. Thus structural regularities are shown to link seemingly disparate aspects of material culture, from funerary monuments to artefact design, from the use of space in settlements, to the form of economic practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521035507
(275mm x 215mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Hodder
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A reprint of Hodder's classic 1982 work which aimed to introduce the archaeologist to ethnographical and anthropological methods and concepts, exploring the proper use of analogy in archaeological theory.
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