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Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity (S J Shennan) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1994) 9780415095570

Title: Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity

Author: Shennan, S J

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1994

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415095570

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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This book pursues the implications of questions of cultural identity for archaeology from a variety of perspectives. It offers a remarkably comprehensive treatment of issues that are becoming more important than ever in the modern world.

The topics discussed in the book include the nature and limits of archaeological claims to knowledge of the past, the way material culture relates to other aspects of cultural identity and the significance of changing patterns of cultural variation in the past. The book's contributors come from an enormous range of backgrounds, offering a rich diversity of perspectives on the issues.

"This volume speaks directly to the many forces that influence cultural development and the expression of cultural meaning ... an excellent collection of papers that is highly recommended."--American Antiquity

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Introduction: Archaeolgical appraoches to cultural identity Objectivity, Interests and Cultural Difference in Archaeological Interpretation

1. Ethnic concepts in German prehistory: a case study on the relationship between cultural identity and archaelogical objectivity

2. The Vandals: Myths and facts about a Germanic tribe of the first half of the 1st millennium A.D.

3. Theory, profession, and the political role of archaeolgy

4. An epistemological enquiry into some archaeological and historical interpretations of 17th century native American-European relations

5. Matters of fact and matters of interest

6. The role of 'local knowledge' in archaeological interpretation Cultural Identity and its Material Expression in the Past and the Present

7. Material aspects of Limba, Yalunka and Kuranko ethnicity: archaeological research in northeastern Sierra-Leone

8. Multiculturalism in the eastern Andes

9. The property of symmetry and the concept of ethnic style

10. Patterns of learning, residence and descent among potters in Ticul, Yucatan, Mexico

11. Some ethnospecific features in central and eastern European archaeology during the early Middle Ages: the case of Avars and Hungarians

12. Ancient ethnic groups as represented on bronzes from Yunnan, China

13. The archaeology of the Yoruba: problems and possibilities

14. Ethnicity and traditions in Mesolithic mortuary practices of southern Scandinavia

15. Detecting political units in archaeology--an Iron Age example The Genesis, Maintenance and Disappearance of Ethnicity and Cultural Variation

17. Sociocultural and economic elements of the adaptation systems of the Argentine Toba: the Nacilamolek and Taksek cases of Formosa Province

18. Spatial heterogeneity in Fuego-Patagonia

19. Cultural and ethnic processes in prehistory as seen through the evidence of archaeology and related disciplines

20. Research with style: a case study from Australian rock art

21. Steppe traditions and cultural assimilation of a nomadic people: The Cumanians in Hungary in the 13th-14th century

22. An ethnic change or a socio-economic one? The 5th and 6th centuries


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