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Theory and Practice of Archaeology

A Workbook, 3rd Edition

By Thomas C Patterson


190 pages

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Paperback: 9780131898059
pub: 2004-05-24
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For courses in Introduction to Archaeology Theory and Methods.

Intended for the Introductory Archaeology course with the goal of teaching students how to think like archaeologists, this workbook includes activities that challenge students to interpret and explain field findings and help them to see the link between theory and practice.

Table of Contents



1. Stratigraphy: Establishing a Sequence from Excavated Archaeological Evidence.

2. Seriation: Ordering Archaeological Evidence by Stylistic Differences.

3.Constructing a Regional Chronology.

4. Modes of Production, Divisions of Labor, and Social Reproduction.

5. Time and Place as Operating Conditions in Production.

6. The Construction and Transformation of Regional Landscapes.

7. Social Divisions of Labor, Class Structures, and State Formation.

8. State Formation: Conquest Abroad, Repression at Home.

9. Frontier Societies: State Formation and Uneven Development.

10. State Formation and the Reorganization of Social Production and Reproduction.

11. The Social Construction of Gender, Ethnicity, and Race.

12. Class Struggle and Resistance.

About the Author

Thomas C. Patterson is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. His current research focuses on the historical development of anthropology and archaeology in the political-economic, social and cultural contexts shaped by nation-states, especially the United States, Peru, and Mexico; critical analyses of contemporary trends in social and cultural theory; comparative political economy; class and state formation; the intersection of class, race, and gender; theories of change and development, especially the political-economic, social and cultural changes associated with imperialism and the processes of globalization; and critical investigations of how the realities of past societies are constituted and appropriated into the fabric of everyday life today.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology