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Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives

Ideas, Debates and Perspectives

Addressing theoretical and practical issues of concern to contemporary archaeology.

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Blood and Beauty
The authors scrutinize the representation of, and relationships between, different types of organized violence, as well as the implications of those activities, which can include the unexpected, such as violence as a means of determining and curing illness, and the use of violence in negotiation strategies.


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9781931745581 | Published: 2009
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9781931745802 | Published: 2009
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Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC)
The treatment of social stratification, clan and lineage organisation, as well as gender and ethnic differences will be of interest to those involved in the general or comparative analysis of grand themes in the Social Sciences.


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9781931745307 | Published: 2006
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9781931745314 | Published: 2006
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Classic Maya Political Ecology
In the framework of political ecology, together these studies not only shed light on specific class histories of the region. They also advance a theory for understanding the contributions of non-elites to political growth and change over time.


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9781931745703 | Published: 2013
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Empires and Diversity
For more than 4,000 years, empires have been geographically the largest polities on Earth. The case studies demonstrate the necessity to combine perspectives from the longue duree and global comparativism with the theory of agency and an understanding of specific contexts for human actions.


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9780917956348 | Published: 2013
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Information and Its Role in Hunter-Gatherer Bands

Explores the question of how information is acquired, stored, circulated, and utilized in small-scale hunter-gatherer societies. Brings together scholars from multiple disciplines, including archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, and evolutionary ecology to open discussion, and identify common ground on which build future research.




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9781931745642 | Published: 2011
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9781931745635 | Published: 2011
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Settlement and Society
Essays dedicated to Robert McCormick Adams reflecting his research and themes. Ecology, frontiers, urbanism, trade and technology are all explored. The intellectual threads Adams pioneered tie the volume together, incl. the use of multiple lines of evidence to attack problems and use of a comparative approaches such as ethnographic analogy.


Hardback    £54.00
9781931745338 | Published: 2007
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Settlement, Subsistence, and Social Complexity
Brings together the work of some of the most prominent archaeologists to document the impact of Jeffrey R. Parsons on contemporary archaeological method and theory. Parsons is a central figure in the development of settlement pattern archaeology, in which the goal is the study of whole social systems at the scale of regions.


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9781931745208 | Published: 2006
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9781931745239 | Published: 2006
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Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology
Addresses the entanglement between archaeology, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and war. Contributions from archaeologists, art historians, and historians from four continents offer unusual breadth and depth in the assessment of various claims to patrimonial heritage.


Paperback    £65.00
9781938770135 | Published: 2018
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