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Where Are We Heading? - The Evolution of Humans and Things (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Where Are We Heading? - The Evolution of Humans and Things (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R575 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R122 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A theory of human evolution and history based on ever-increasing mutual dependency between humans and things In this engaging exploration, archaeologist Ian Hodder departs from the two prevailing modes of thought about human evolution: the older idea of constant advancement toward a civilized ideal and the newer one of a directionless process of natural selection. Instead, he proposes a theory of human evolution and history based on "entanglement," the ever-increasing mutual dependency between humans and things. Not only do humans become dependent on things, Hodder asserts, but things become dependent on humans, requiring an endless succession of new innovations. It is this mutual dependency that creates the dominant trend in both cultural and genetic evolution. He selects a small number of cases, ranging in significance from the invention of the wheel down to Christmas tree lights, to show how entanglement has created webs of human-thing dependency that encircle the world and limit our responses to global crises.

Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R2,077 Discovery Miles 20 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over recent years, a number of scholars have argued that the human mind underwent a cognitive revolution in the Neolithic. This volume seeks to test these claims at the Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey and in other Neolithic contexts in the Middle East. It brings together cognitive scientists who have developed theoretical frameworks for the study of cognitive change, archaeologists who have conducted research into cognitive change in the Neolithic of the Middle East, and the excavators of the Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk who have over recent years been exploring changes in consciousness, creativity and self in the context of the rich data from the site. Collectively, the authors argue that when detailed data are examined, theoretical evolutionary expectations are not found for these three characteristics. The Neolithic was a time of long, slow and diverse change in which there is little evidence for an internal cognitive revolution.

Entangled - An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things (Paperback): Ian Hodder Entangled - An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things (Paperback)
Ian Hodder
R876 Discovery Miles 8 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A powerful and innovative argument that explores the complexity of the human relationship with material things, demonstrating how humans and societies are entrapped into the maintenance and sustaining of material worlds * Argues that the interrelationship of humans and things is a defining characteristic of human history and culture * Offers a nuanced argument that values the physical processes of things without succumbing to materialism * Discusses historical and modern examples, using evolutionary theory to show how long-standing entanglements are irreversible and increase in scale and complexity over time * Integrates aspects of a diverse array of contemporary theories in archaeology and related natural and biological sciences * Provides a critical review of many of the key contemporary perspectives from materiality, material culture studies and phenomenology to evolutionary theory, behavioral archaeology, cognitive archaeology, human behavioral ecology, Actor Network Theory and complexity theory

Violence and the Sacred in the Ancient Near East - Girardian Conversations at Catalhoeyuk (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Violence and the Sacred in the Ancient Near East - Girardian Conversations at Catalhoeyuk (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R2,026 R1,883 Discovery Miles 18 830 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume brings together two groups engaged with understanding the relationships between religion and violence. The first group consists of scholars of the mimetic theory of Rene Girard, for whom human violence is rooted in the rivalry that stems from imitation. To manage this violence of all against all, humans often turn to violence against one, the scapegoat, thereafter incorporated into ritual. The second group consists of archaeologists working at the Neolithic sites of Catalhoeyuk and Goebekli Tepe in Turkey. At both sites there is evidence of religious practices that center on wild animals, often large and dangerous in form. Is it possible that these wild animals were ritually killed in the ways suggested by Girardian theorists? Were violence and the sacred intimately entwined and were these the processes that made possible and even stimulated the origins of farming in the ancient Near East? In this volume, Ian Hodder and a team of contributors seek to answer these questions by linking theory and data in exciting new ways.

Mediterranean Prehistoric Heritage - Training, Education and Management (Paperback): Ian Hodder Mediterranean Prehistoric Heritage - Training, Education and Management (Paperback)
Ian Hodder; Louise Doughty
R975 R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Save R153 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on the experience of the Temper project (Training, Education, Management and Prehistory in the Mediterranean) and wider examples from the Mediterranean, this volume explores the issues inherent in managing, interpreting and presenting prehistoric archaeological sites. The first section of the book contains thematic chapters on conservation, visitor management and interpretation, public participation, and issues of managing sites within their cultural landscape; the second section focuses on archaeology and education and the politics of national curricula, and presents detailed case studies. Written by academics and those working in the fields of archaeology, architecture, heritage management and education, this volume will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike.

Excavating Catalhoeyuk - South, North and KOPAL area reports from the 1995-99 seasons (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Excavating Catalhoeyuk - South, North and KOPAL area reports from the 1995-99 seasons (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R2,001 R1,654 Discovery Miles 16 540 Save R347 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ian Hodder's campaigns of excavation at the world-famous Neolithic settlement of Catalhoeyuek are one of the largest, most complex, and most exciting archaeological field projects in the world and recognized as agenda-setting not only in terms of our understanding of early farming communities in the Near East, particularly the central role religion played in their daily lives, but also in terms of the interaction between theory and practice in the trenches and on-site laboratories. This volume presents the results of excavation in three areas of the site, known as South, North, and KOPAL, excavated between 1995 and 1999. The book describes aspects of the excavation, recording and sampling methodologies that are necessary for an understanding of the results presented plus it incorporates interpretive discussion. It brings in data from the study of animal bones, lithics, ceramics, micromorphology and the full suite of analyses conducted on the material. These accounts are interspersed with individual specialists' commentaries and conclusions, that mimic the process of collaborative interpretation that takes place during excavation and post-excavation. The 'objective descriptions' of the archaeology are thus exposed as interpretations involving a balancing of a variety of different types of data and scholarly input. Another thought-provoking volume in the Catalhoeyuek excavation series which will be read with profit by any archaeologist engaged in working at theory in practice in the field.

Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - The Haddenham Project Volume II (Hardcover): Christopher Evans, Ian Hodder Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - The Haddenham Project Volume II (Hardcover)
Christopher Evans, Ian Hodder
R1,083 R930 Discovery Miles 9 300 Save R153 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Set in the context of this project's innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. Volume II moves on to later periods, and reveals how Iron Age and Romano-British communities adapted to the wetland environment that had now become established.

A Woodland Archaeology - The Haddenham Project Volume I (Hardcover, New): Christopher Evans, Ian Hodder A Woodland Archaeology - The Haddenham Project Volume I (Hardcover, New)
Christopher Evans, Ian Hodder
R979 R827 Discovery Miles 8 270 Save R152 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Set in the context of this project's innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. The highlight of Volume I is the internationally renowned Foulmire Fen long barrow, with its preserved timber burial chamber and facade. The massive individual timbers allow detailed study of Neolithic wood technology and the direct examination of a structure that usually survives only as a pattern of post holes.

Catalhoeyuk Perspectives - Themes from the 1995-99 Seasons (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Catalhoeyuk Perspectives - Themes from the 1995-99 Seasons (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R1,118 R943 Discovery Miles 9 430 Save R175 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume, number six in the Catalhoeyuek Research Project series, draws on material from Volumes 3 to 5 to deal with broad themes. Data from architecture and excavation contexts are linked into broader discussion of topics such as seasonality, art and social memory. Rather than assuming that the work of the project is finished once the basic excavation and laboratory results have been presented in Volumes 3 to 5, it has been thought important to present more synthetic accounts that result from the high degree of integration and collaboration which the project has strived for at all stages. In this synthetic volume we most clearly describe the stories we have been telling ourselves during the data recovery/interpretation process. This volume thus provides a contextualisation of the work carried out in Volumes 3 to 5; it records the framework of thought within which the data were collected and studied, but it is also the result of the interpretation that occurred in the interaction with data.

Integrating Catalhoeyuk: themes from the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 10 (Hardcover, New): Ian Hodder Integrating Catalhoeyuk: themes from the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 10 (Hardcover, New)
Ian Hodder
R1,270 R1,061 Discovery Miles 10 610 Save R209 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume discusses general themes that have emerged in the analysis and interpretation of the results of excavations in 2000-2008. It synthesizes the results of research described in other volumes in the same series. The volume commences with accounts of the recent work on community collaboration at the site, and with discussions of the methods used at the site. It then synthesizes the work on landscape use and mobility, integrating the work of subsistence analysis and the analysis of human remains. The storage and sharing of food is a related topic. The ways in which houses were constructed, lived in and abandoned leads to a broad discussion of settlement and social organization at Catalhoeyuk and of their change through time. For example, shifts in the themes that occur in paintings in houses change through time as part of a wider set of social, economic and ritual changes in the upper levels. The social uses of materials and technologies are explored and the roles of materials in personal adornment. Finally, the discussion of variation through place and time is recognized as dependent on scales of analysis and social process.

Catalhoeyuk Excavations: the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 7 (Hardcover, New): Ian Hodder Catalhoeyuk Excavations: the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 7 (Hardcover, New)
Ian Hodder
R1,767 R1,471 Discovery Miles 14 710 Save R296 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. Catalhoeyuk Excavations presents the results of the excavations that took place at the site from 2000 to 2008 when the main aim was to understand the social geography of the settlement, its layout and social organization. Excavation, recording and sampling methodologies are discussed as well as dating, `levels', and the grouping of buildings into social sectors. The excavations in three areas of the East Mound at Catalhoeyuk are described: the South Area, the 4040 Area in the northern part of the site, and the IST Area excavated by a team from Istanbul University. The description of excavated units, features and buildings incorporates results from the analyses of animal bone, chipped stone, groundstone, shell, ceramics, phytoliths, micromorphology. The integration of such data within their context allows detailed accounts of the lives of the inhabitants of Catalhoeyuk, their relationships and activities. The integration of different types of data in the excavation account mimics the process of collaborative interpretation that took place during the excavation and post-excavation process.

Substantive technologies at Catalhoeyuk: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 9 (Hardcover): Ian... Substantive technologies at Catalhoeyuk: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons - Catal Research Project vol. 9 (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R1,729 R1,434 Discovery Miles 14 340 Save R295 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume reports on the results of excavations in 2000-2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which humans became increasingly engaged in their material environment such that `things' came to play an active force in their lives. A substantial and heavy involvement was with alluvial clays that surrounded the site. In the absence of large local stone, humans became increasingly involved in the extraction and manipulation of clay for a wide range of purposes - from bricks to ovens, pots and figurines. This heavy use of clays led to changes in the local environment that interacted with human activity, as indicated in the first section of the volume. In the second section, other examples of material technologies are considered all of which in various ways engage humans in specific dependencies and relationships. For example, large-scale studies of obsidian trade have drawn a complex picture of changing interactions between humans over time. The volume concludes with an integrated account of the uses of materials at Catalhoeyuk based on the analysis of heavy residue samples from all contexts at the site.

Catalhoeyuk excavations: Humans and Landscapes of Catalhoeyuk excavations - Catal Research Project vol. 8 (Hardcover, New): Ian... Catalhoeyuk excavations: Humans and Landscapes of Catalhoeyuk excavations - Catal Research Project vol. 8 (Hardcover, New)
Ian Hodder
R1,728 R1,433 Discovery Miles 14 330 Save R295 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume reports on the results of excavations in 2000-2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which the Catalhoeyuk settlement and environment were dwelled in. A first section explores how houses, open areas and middens in the settlement were enmeshed in the daily lives of the inhabitants, integrating a wide range of different types of data at different scales. A second section examines subsistence practices of the site's inhabitants and builds up a picture of how the overall landscape was exploited and lived within. A third section examines the evidence from the skeletons of those buried within the houses at Catalhoeyuk in order to examine health, diet, lifestyle and activity within the settlement and across the landscape. This final section also reports on the burial practices and associations in order to build hypotheses about the social organization of those inhabiting the settlement. A complex picture emerges of a relatively decentralized society, large in size but small-scale in terms of organization, dwelling within a mosaic patchwork of environments. Through time, however, substantial changes occur in the ways in which humans and landscapes interact.

Changing Materialities at Catalhoeyuk - Reports from the 1995-99 Seasons (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Changing Materialities at Catalhoeyuk - Reports from the 1995-99 Seasons (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R1,688 R1,398 Discovery Miles 13 980 Save R290 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Volume 5 deals with aspects of the material culture excavated in the 1995-99 period. In particular it discusses the changing materiality of life at the site over its 1100 years of occupation. It includes a discussion of ceramics and other fired clay material, chipped stone, groundstone, worked bone and basketry. As well as looking at typological and comparative issues in relation to these materials, the chapters explore themes such as the specialisation and scale of production, the engagement in systems of exchange, and consumption, use and deposition. A central question concerns change through time, and the degree and speed of this change. The occupants of the site increasingly get caught up in relations with material objects that start to act back upon them.

Inhabiting Catalhoeyuk - Reports from the 1995-99 seasons (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Inhabiting Catalhoeyuk - Reports from the 1995-99 seasons (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R1,724 R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Save R295 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Volume 4 deals with various aspects of the habitation of Catalhoyuk. Part A embarks on discussion of the relationship between the site and its environment, using a wide range of evidence from faunal and charred archaeobotanical remains. Part B looks at evidence from human remains which inform us about diet and lifestyle, as well as wider issues of population dynamics and social structure, including a consideration of population size. Part C looks at the sediments at Catalhoyuk, exploring ways in which houses and open spaces in the settlement were lived in. In all these ways, a picture is built up of the way in which people moved through and lived in the natural and cultural environment of the places we subsume under the name of 'Catalhoyuk'. (Catalhoyuk Research Project 4, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research 2005)

Towards Reflexive Method in Archaeology - The Example of Catalhoeyuk (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Towards Reflexive Method in Archaeology - The Example of Catalhoeyuk (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R1,135 R953 Discovery Miles 9 530 Save R182 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the early 1990s the University of Cambridge reopened excavations at the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey, abandoned since the 1960s. In this volume, Ian Hodder explains his vision of archaeological excavation, where careful examination of context and an awareness of human bias allows researches exciting new insights into prehistoric cognition. The aim of the volume is to discuss some of the reflexive or postprocessual methods that have been introduced at the site in the work there since 1993. These methods involve reflexivity, interactivity, multivocality and contextuality or relationality.

Archaeological Theory Today (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Ian Hodder Archaeological Theory Today (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Ian Hodder
R701 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now in a revised and updated second edition, this volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over recent decades. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to its future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline. The volume captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution. While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would today argue for a unified disciplinary approach, the authors in this volume increasingly see links and convergences between their perspectives. The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology. The new edition of Archaeological Theory Today will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.

Archaeological Theory Today (Hardcover, 2nd Edition): Ian Hodder Archaeological Theory Today (Hardcover, 2nd Edition)
Ian Hodder
R1,636 R1,487 Discovery Miles 14 870 Save R149 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now in a revised and updated second edition, this volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over recent decades. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to its future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline. The volume captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution. While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would today argue for a unified disciplinary approach, the authors in this volume increasingly see links and convergences between their perspectives. The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology. The new edition of Archaeological Theory Today will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.

Present Past: An Introduction to Anthropology for Archaeologists (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Ian Hodder Present Past: An Introduction to Anthropology for Archaeologists (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ian Hodder
R381 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This updated edition of Professor Ian Hodder's original and classic work on the role which anthropology must play in the interpretation of the archaeological record. There has long been a need for archaeologists and anthropologists to correlate their ideas and methods for interpreting the material culture of past civilisations. Archaeological interpretation of the past is inevitably based on the ideas and experiences of the present and the use of such ethnographic analogy has been widely adapted - and criticised, not least in Britain. In this challenging study, Ian Hodder questions the assumptions, values and methods which have been too readily accepted. At the same time, he shows how anthropology can be applied to archaeology. He examines the criteria for the proper use of analogy and, in particular, emphasises the need to consider the meaning and interpretation of material cultures within the total social and cultural contexts. He discusses anthropological models of refuse deposits, technology and production, subsistence, settlement, burial, trade exchange, art form and ritual; he then considers their application to comparable archaeological data. Throughout, Professor Hodder emphasises the need for a truly scientific approach and a critical self-awareness by archaeologists, who should be prepared to study their own social and cultural context, not least their own attitudes to the present-day material world.

Catalhoeyuk Research Project: Collected Volumes 7-10 (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Catalhoeyuk Research Project: Collected Volumes 7-10 (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R5,369 R4,273 Discovery Miles 42 730 Save R1,096 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. This Collection Includes Volumes 7-10: Catalhoeyuk Excavations: the 2000-2008 seasons Catal Research Project Vol 7, BIAA Monograph 46 300p, 350 illus, 9781898249290 Catalhoeyuk excavations: Humans and Landscapes ofCatalhoeyuk excavations Catal Research Project Vol 8, BIAA Monograph 47 320p, 300 illus, 9781898249306 Substantive technologies atCatalhoeyuk: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons Catal Research Project Vol 9, BIAA Monograph 48 300p, 300 illus, 9781898249313 IntegratingCatalhoeyuk: themes from the 2000-2008 seasons Catal Research Project Vol 10, BIAA Monograph 49 180p, 70 illus, 9781898249320

The Archaeological Process - An Introduction (Paperback): Ian Hodder The Archaeological Process - An Introduction (Paperback)
Ian Hodder
R937 R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Save R67 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This provocative introduction examines the most important new school of archaeological thought and practice to have emerged over the last two decades and provides students with an assessment of the impact and importance of recent theoretical debates. Written by a leading figure in the field of theoretically-informed archaeology, the book provides an interpretation of the archaeological process, reassessing the origins and aims of archaeology, and setting forth an innovative agenda for the future.

In particular the author argues for a plural and diverse perspective and for a new "reflexive" methodology: one that opens archaeology up to critique and interaction between different communities. This approach has implications not only for the interpretation of evidence, but for the kind of evidence that is sought in excavating, and the manner of its recovering and recording. It has implications too for the role of archaeology and heritage within new global environments and in the context of new information technologies.

The Domestication of Europe (Paperback): Ian Hodder The Domestication of Europe (Paperback)
Ian Hodder
R956 R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Save R68 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic saw the spread of the first farmers, and the formation of settled villages throughout Europe. Traditional archaeology has interpreted these changes in terms of population growth, economic pressures and social competition, but in The Domestication of Europe Ian Hodder works from a new, controversial theory focusing instead on the enormous expansion of symbolic evidence from the homes, settlements and burials of the period. Why do the figurines, decorated pottery, elaborate houses and burial rituals appear and what is their significance? The author argues that the symbolism of the Neolithic must be interpreted if we are to understand adequately the associated social and economic changes. He suggests that both in Europe and the Near East a particular set of concepts was central to the origins of farming and a settled mode of life. These concepts relate to the house and home - termed `domus' - and they provided a metaphor and a mechanism for social and economic transformation. As the wild was brought in and domesticated through ideas and practices surrounding the domus, people were brought in and settled into the social and economic group of the village. Over the following millennia cultural practices relating to the domus continued to change and develop, until finally overtaken by a new set of concepts which became socially central, based on the warrior, the hunter and the wild. This book is an exercise in interpretive prehistory. Ian Hodder shows how a contextual reading of the evidence can allow symbolic structures to be cautiously but plausibly identified, and sets out his arguments for complex dialectical relationships between long-term symbolic structures and economic causes of cultural change.

Symbols in Action - Ethnoarchaeological Studies of Material Culture (Paperback): Ian Hodder Symbols in Action - Ethnoarchaeological Studies of Material Culture (Paperback)
Ian Hodder
R724 Discovery Miles 7 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Material culture - the objects made by man - provides the primary data from which archaeologists have to infer the economies, technologies, social organization and ritual practices of extinct societies. The analysis and interpretation ofmaterial culture is therefore central to any concern with archaeological theory and methodology, and in order to understand better the relationship between material culture and human behaviour, archaeologists need to draw upon models derived from the study of ethnographic societies. First published in 1982, this book presents the results of a series of field investigations carried out in Kenya, Zambia and the Sudan into the 'archaeological' remains and material culture of contemporary small-scale societies, and demonstrates the way in which objects are used as symbols within social action and within particular world views and ideologies.

Entangled - An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Entangled - An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R2,197 R2,038 Discovery Miles 20 380 Save R159 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A powerful and innovative argument that explores the complexity of the human relationship with material things, demonstrating how humans and societies are entrapped into the maintenance and sustaining of material worlds * Argues that the interrelationship of humans and things is a defining characteristic of human history and culture * Offers a nuanced argument that values the physical processes of things without succumbing to materialism * Discusses historical and modern examples, using evolutionary theory to show how long-standing entanglements are irreversible and increase in scale and complexity over time * Integrates aspects of a diverse array of contemporary theories in archaeology and related natural and biological sciences * Provides a critical review of many of the key contemporary perspectives from materiality, material culture studies and phenomenology to evolutionary theory, behavioral archaeology, cognitive archaeology, human behavioral ecology, Actor Network Theory and complexity theory

Archaeology Beyond Dialogue (Hardcover, New): Ian Hodder Archaeology Beyond Dialogue (Hardcover, New)
Ian Hodder
R772 R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Save R58 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do global trends affect our view of the past?

World trends such as tourism, diaspora, and media globalization have led to new forms of relationship with the past. Yet these global processes also threaten to silence local or alternate claims to that past. How should archaeologists respond to this dispersal of archaeological knowledge and interest? Many have come to accept the need for dialogue. In "Archaeology Beyond Dialogue," Ian Hodder argues that there is a need to do more than engage in dialogue with participating communities; archaeologists must consider the implications of globalizing trends for the way they excavate and analyze their data.

Over the last two decades, Ian Hodder has been a central figure in archaeological method and theory arguing for reflexive techniques that are more transparent, dialogical, and participatory. He explores these developments by examining the diversification of archaeology, the effect of a more global archaeology on archaeological methods and analysis, new theoretical trends in social archaeology, and new interpretations of prehistoric sites focusing on agency, power/knowledge, and subject position. Hodder applies these concepts to the important site of catalhoyuk in Turkey and the megaliths and monuments of the European Neolithic. He contrasts alternative approaches that claim, unsuccessfully in his view, to eschew meaning in the interpretation of the past.

This book should stir the archaeological community to a realization that it does not exist in a vacuum and that the part it plays affects many people: those with ancestral ties to the prehistoric inhabitants, those living in the general vicinity of the site, and the workers doing the excavation.


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