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Pedro Paulo Funari & Andrés Zarankin 
Global Archaeological Theory 
Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts

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Archaeological theory has gone through a great upheaval in the last 50 years – from the processual theory, which wanted to make archaeology more ‘scientific’ to post-processual theory, which understands that interpreting human behavior (even of past cultures) is a subjective study. This subjective approach incorporates a plurality of readings, thereby implying that different interpretations are always possible, allowing us to modify and change our ideas under the light of new information and/or interpretive frameworks. In this way, interpretations form a continuous flow of transformation and change, and thus archaeologists do not uncover a real past but rather construct a historical past or a narrative of the past.


Post-processual theory also incorporates a conscious and explicit political interest on the past of the scholar and the subject. This includes fields and topics such as gender issues, ethnicity, class, landscapes, and consumption. This reflects a conscious attempt to also decentralize the discipline, from an imperialist point of view to an empowering one. Method and theory also means being politically aware and engaged to incorporate diverse critical approaches to improve understanding of the past and the present.


This book focuses on the fundamental theoretical issues found in the discipline and thus both engages and represents the very rich plurality of the post-processual approach to archaeology. The book is divided into four sections: Issues in Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Theory and Method in Action, Space and Power in Material Culture, and Images as Material Discourse.

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Materiality and the Social.- Meanings of Material Culture.- Heideggerian Thoughts.- Tension between Written Document/Material Document?- New Archaeology in Argentina.- Network Theory and Archaeology of Modern History.- The Comparative Method and Study of Spanish and Portuguese South American Material Culture.- Beyond the Sex/Gender Split.- Children’s Activity in the Record of Hunter-Gatherers.- Identity: Ceramic Evidence from Northern Chile.- Stereotypes and Research About Je Populations in South Brazil.- Traveling Objects and Spatial Images.- Materiality of Inka Domination.- Domestication.- Enlightened Discourses.- Social Practices in Spanish Settlement of Floridablanca, Patagonia.- Images as a Material Discourse.- Image of Hestia’s Iconography.- Stylistic Units in Prehistoric Art Research.- Analysis of Rural Scenes in Black and Red-figure Attic Vases and Construction of the Athenian Empire.- The Construction of Archaeological Discourse.- Brazilian Archaeology and Indigenous Identity in Early Decades of the Twentieth Century.- Anglo-American and Latin American Radical Archaeologies.- Archaeology, Ethnography and Romanticism in Imperial Brazil (1838-1867).
Language English ● Format PDF ● Pages 380 ● ISBN 9780306486524 ● File size 4.3 MB ● Age 02-99 years ● Editor Pedro Paulo Funari & Andrés Zarankin ● Publisher Springer US ● City NY ● Country US ● Published 2006 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 2143676 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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