A history of archaeological thought


A history of archaeological thought

Bruce G. Trigger

(Cambridge paperback library)

Cambridge University Press, 1989

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-476) and index



Bruce Trigger's new book is the first ever to examine the history of archaeology from medieval times to the present in world-wide perspective. At once stimulating and even-handed, it places the development of archaeological thought and theory throughout within a broad social and intellectual framework. The successive but interacting trends apparent in archaeological thought are defined and the author seeks to determine the extent to which these trends were a reflection of the personal and collective interests of archaeologists as these relate - in the West at least - to the fluctuating fortunes of the middle classes. While subjective influences have been powerful, Professor Trigger argues that the gradual accumulation of archaeological data has exercised a growing constraint on interpretation. In turn, this has increased the objectivity of archaeological research and enhanced its value for understanding the entire span of human history and the human condition in general.


  • List of illustrations
  • Preface
  • 1. The relevance of archaeological history
  • 2. Classical archaeology and antiquarianism
  • 3. The beginnings of scientific archaeology
  • 4. The imperial synthesis
  • 5. Culture-historical archaeology
  • 6. Soviet archaeology
  • 7. Functionalism in Western archaeology
  • 8. Neo-evolutionism and the New Archaeology
  • 9. The explanation of diversity
  • 10. Archaeology and its social context
  • Bibliographical essay
  • References
  • Index.

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