Hodder: Interpreting Archaeology: Finding meaning in the past. Paperback.

  • Interpreting Archaeology: Finding meaning in the past. Paperback.
  • edited by Ian Hodder, Michael Shanks and others
  • 275 pages, illustrated, glossary, index. 1998. Do we 'tell the truth' about the past? Can we? This volume provides a forum for debate between various approaches. Its multi-national contributors focus on the hermeneutical questions intrinsic to archaeological enquiry
This volume provides a forum for debate between varied approaches to the past. The authors, drawn from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, represent many different strands of archaeology. They address the philosophical issues involved in interpretation and a desire among archaeologists to come to terms with their own subjective approaches to the material they study.

The book also recognizes how past researchers have also imposed their own value systems on the evidence which they presented.
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