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The Archaeology of Contextual Meanings

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This companion volume to Archaeology as Long-term History focuses on the symbolism of artefacts. It seeks at once to refine the theory and method relating to interpretation and show, with examples, how to conduct this sort of archaeological work. Some contributors work with the material culture of modern times or the historic period, areas in which the symbolism of mute artefacts has traditionally been thought most accessible. However, the book also contains a good number of applications in prehistory to demonstrate the feasibility of symbolic interpretation where good contextual data survive from the distant past. In relation to wider debates within the social sciences, the volume is characterised by a concern to place abstract symbolic codes within their historical context and within the contexts of social actions. In this respect, it develops further some of the ideas presented in Dr Hodder's Symbolic and Structural Archaeology, an earlier volume in this series.
Release date NZ
April 2nd, 2009
Contributor
Edited by Ian Hodder
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
156
Dimensions
210x280x8
ISBN-13
9780521106405
Product ID
2969553

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