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Reading the past. Current approaches to interpretation in archaeology

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Revised editions in 1991 and with S. Hutson in 2003 (Translated into Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, Greek (First and Third editions), Macedonian, Chinese, Korean, Turkish)
Cambridge University Press

The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the rapid development of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists must consider a variety of perspectives in the complex and uncertain task of "translating the meaning of past texts into their own contemporary language". While remaining centered on the importance of meaning, agency and history, the authors explore the latest developments in post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary theory and phenomenology.