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Archaeological Theory - Present, Past and Future. Essays in Honour of Evzen Neustupny513
Paradigm Found brings together papers by renowned researchers from across Europe, Asia and America to discuss a selection of pressing issues in current archaeological theory and method. The book also reviews the effects and potential of various theoretical stances in the context of prehistoric archaeology. The 23 papers provide a discussion of the issues currently re-appearing in the focal point of theoretical debates in archaeology such as the role of the discipline in the present-day society, problems of interpretation in archaeology, approaches to the study of social evolution, as well as current insights into issues in classification and construction of typologies. Taking a fresh, and often provocative, look at the challenges contemporary archaeology is facing, the contributors evaluate the effects of past developments and discuss the impact they are likely to have on future directions in archaeology as an internationally connected discipline. In its final part the volume reflects on current thinking on prehistory, using case-studies from a number of European regions and the Mediterranean, from the Neolithic to the Roman Period. The volume represents a tribute to the lifetime achievements of Professor Evzen Neustupny, a distinguished Czech archaeologist who contributed to the advancement of prehistoric studies in Europe and to archaeological theory and method in particular.
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...as an informed reader, I conclude that it was certainly a pleasure to read such an assortment of papers clearly demonstrating how influential the honouree is. * Germania *
Kristian Kristiansen is a pre-eminent archaeologist. He is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a prolific author. His main research interests are in the European Bronze Age, archaeological theory and archaeological heritage. Ladislav Smejda & Jan Turek are both lecturers in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Western Bohemia, Plzen Czech Republic, specialising in Neolithic and Eneolithic archaeology and prehistoric burial practices.
1. Introduction: Evzen Neustupny - Paradigm found, J. Turek, K. Kristiansen & L. Smejda Part One- Contemporary discourses in archaeological theory 2. Scientia, society, and polydactyl knowledge: Archaeology as a creative science, T. Darvill 3. Beyond Theoretical Archaeology: a manifesto for reconstructing interpretation in archaeology, J. Bintliff 4. The Environment of Social Evolution, J. C. Barrett 5. Conceptual crossroads: community and society in prehistory, L.Smejda & M. Baumanova 6. Archaeologies of Space: an inquiry into modes of existence of Xscapes, F. Criado-Boado 7. Paradigm Lost'- on the state of typology within archaeological theory, M. L. S. Sorensen 8. The Demons of Comparison: thoughts on archaeological classification and classificatory terminology, T. Taylor Part Two- Past and Future Directions 9. The"Annales" School, "La Nouvelle Histoire" and Polish Archaeology, S. Tabaczynski 10. Binford in the Balkans: Introduction of theoretical archaeology in Slovenia and countries of former Yugoslavia (1980s), P. Novakovic 11. Mainstream and minority archaeologies. The case of the beginnings of Polish bioarchaeology, A. Marciniak 12. How we have come to do archaeology the way(s) we do: a meta-critique of current archaeological discursive formation, K. Mizoguchi 13. Which archaeology the modern world needs?, Z. Kobylinski 14. Paradigm Lost: The Rise, Fall and Eventual Recovery of Paradigms in Archaeology, E. B. W. Zubrow 15. Archaeology and politics in the 21st century: Still Faustian, but not much of a bargain, B. Arnold Part Three- Thinking Prehistory 16. Prehistoric Mind in Context: an essay on possible roots of Ancient Egyptian civilisation, M. Barta 17. Eight Million Neolithic Europeans: Social Demography and Social Archaeology on the Scope of Change- from the Near East to Scandinavia, J. Muller 18. Threads of Neolithic household cloth production at Bronocice, M. L. Pipes, J. Kruk& S. Milisauskas 19. Neolithic versus Bronze Age social formations: a political economy approach, K. Kristiansen& T. Earle 20. The idea of the Eneolithic, S. Kadrow 21. Lost and Found Paradigms. Creation of the Beaker World, J. Turek 22. Categories of Settlement Discard, M. Kuna 23. Brotherhoods& Cooperations: notes on "chiefdoms" and Tacitus' Germania, K. Randsborg