A survey of current approaches to theorizing archaeological practice presents some ideas about how we understand and relate to the remains, sites, structures and buildings that have come to our present from the past. The book is divided into seven chapters, each preceded by a short interlude which considers the types of literature and ways of talking about heritage which characterize that approach. A brief section is dedicated to highlight current trends. Key points are reiterated at the end of each chapter and are followed by a list of suggested reading.
John Carman is based in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge where he lectures on heritage He is the author of a number of texts in the field of archaeological heritage management including Valuing Ancient Things: Archaeology and Law (1996, Leicester University Press). His personal research interests are archaeological heritage management as practised globally, contemporary uses of the past, archaeological theory and archaeologies of warfare.