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2nd Edition

Archaeological Theory in a Nutshell

  • Available for pre-order on April 11, 2023. Item will ship after May 2, 2023
ISBN 9781032252933
May 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a brief, readable introduction to archaeological theory.

Adrian Praetzellis demystifies a pile of tricky contemporary concepts for the theory-phobic undergraduate or beginning graduate student. This new edition adds chapters on Indigenous, cognitive, and behavioral archaeologies and now covers 15 contemporary theories from neoevolutionism to queer theory. Each chapter begins with a description of the concept, its origin and significance. Next up is an example of how an archaeologist has used the idea to understand their site, making the connection between the idea and the archaeology plain and unambiguous. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. A glossary of postmodern discourse (including that word) concludes the book.

Using plain English to clarify some of the more baffling ideas used in contemporary archaeology, this book is a vital resource for students studying archaeological theory and the discipline as a whole.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 How Theory Works; Chapter 2 Neoevolutionism; Chapter 3 Behavioral Archaeology; Chapter 4 Marxism; Chapter 5 Critical Theory; Chapter 6 Postcolonalism; Chapter 7 Indigenous Archaeology; Chapter 8 Feminism; Chapter 9 Queer Theory; Chapter 10 Structuralism; Chapter 11 Agency, Structure, and Structuration; Chapter 12 Transgressive Archaeologies; Chapter 13 Archaeological Biography; Chapter 14 Cognitive Archaeology; Chapter 15 Phenomenology; Chapter 16 Materiality and Thing Theory; Chapter 17 The Next Big Thing, or Where Do We Go From Here?; Chapter 18 Parlez-vous Po-Mo? A Mostly Postmodern Phrasebook.

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Adrian Praetzellis is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Sonoma State University.