Originally published in 1991, this is the first book-length exploration of post-structuralist discourse theory in archaeology. It tackles the most basic problem of historical and archaeological analysis - the relationship between text and artefact – in an analysis of prehistoric art fusing theory and the practice of interpretation to create a fresh framework for understanding the relationship between past and present. Focusing on a collection of rock carvings from northern Sweden, the author shows how alternative conceptualizations of the material from structuralist, hermeneutic and structural-Marxist frameworks substantially alter our understanding of their meaning and significance. Engaging readers in an interpretive process, this book is for specialists in archaeology, anthropology, art history and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: Reading a Material Text 1. Motifs and Rapids 2. Nämforsen Through the Eyes of Hallström 3. Locating a Grammar 4. Why Nämforsen? 5. Design Form 6. Mobile Space, Arrested Time 7. Related Texts Part 2: Mediating the Text 8. A Structural Logic 9. An Hermeneutics of Meaning 10. An Analytics of Power 11. Conclusions