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The book opens with a short explanation of Triggers own theoretical stance, which serves to explain the underlying dismissive attitude towards certain other theoretical positions. Following that, the beginnings of archaeology in various countries are explored. For the main part, it offers a very condensed overview over the entirety of archaeological theory. Historic archaeologies are mostly left out. Although Trigger discusses this discrepancy, readers interested in historic archaeologies might feel that a lot of the issues discussed in this book do not apply to them which is wrong , or apply to them in a very different way.

Additionally, while Trigger very valiantly tries to incorporate non-English literature and even non-Western perspectives, they are still severely underrepresented. This can hardly be blamed on the author, as the current book as it is already incorporates a vast amount of literature, and Trigger does offer the starting point for several other perspectives both in the text and the bibliography.

The book ends with a conclusion by Trigger, in which he discusses limitations, problems and methods of contemporary archaeology. This part is among the most complex of the book, and assumes that the reader has understood the last few hundred pages of archaeological thought. The commented and exhaustive bibliography is a good starting point for anyone interested in specific problems.

I found the book relatively accessible and easy to read. It is however not the beginner-friendly entry into archaeological theory that some reading lists make it appear to be. Even though most terms are briefly explained, without general knowledge about the history of science readers will probably feel overwhelmed by the many -isms that appear and reappear throughout the book.

Without some idea about archaeological literature it will also be hard to understand its relevance. A further complication is that the book actually follows a narrative, in the sense that it tries to explain the archaeological thought as a gradual development. The constant cross-referencing within the text means the individual chapters do not stand alone too well, and it is advisable to read them in order.

Despite any claims to the contrary, it is not an introduction to archaeological theory, and it will probably be terribly boring for anyone not interested in scientific thought.

The breaks in reading were many. I would say that it seemed like Trigger tried to strike an interesting balance between summarizing ish years of different schools of thought in Well, I ended up reading it in less than a year. I would say that it seemed like Trigger tried to strike an interesting balance between summarizing ish years of different schools of thought in archaeology, including ongoing controversies, and putting forth his vision for an ideal theory of archaeology.

In the last few chapters, in particular, he tries to find a middle way between hyper-relativists and hyper-positivists, and has pretty strong words for both extremes. The last 20 pages really successfully recapitulate a lot of the rest of the content of the book. They were a nice way to finish reading it, as they left me feeling like I had a better grip of the broader themes that he was dealing with than I had had when lost in the very specific details.

There was no discussion of interdisciplinary work with linguists, which was a little bit disappointing to me, but also is not obviously an issue of theory, but rather of practice, so I can see it not having as much of a place in this book.

Additionally, collaboration between linguists and archaeologists may not have been as prominent in , when my edition of this book was published, as it is now.


Bruce Trigger

Life[ edit ] Born in Preston, Ontario now part of Cambridge , Trigger received a doctorate in archaeology from Yale University in Chang , a Chinese archaeologist, who joined the department during his final year of his PhD. He was married to Dr Barbara Welch, a British geographer trained in Physical Geography , who was despite being less known than her husband was considered an equally sophisticated thinker. Leo Klejn , Lev Samuilovich Klejn, known as Leo Klejn, was an internationally acclaimed Russian archaeologist who corresponded with him at great length and depth wrote "Since then I always felt and said that if there were another archaeologist in the world whose positions were the most similar to mine, it would be Bruce Trigger.


A History of Archaeological Thought



A history of archaeological thought




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