By Robert W. Preucel

This booklet explores the a number of ways that archaeologists provide intending to the earlier, highlighting debates over the ontological and epistemological prestige of the self-discipline and comparing present responses to those concerns.

  • Explains why absolute foundations in archaeology are insufficient and appears on the choices.
  • Highlights debates over the ontological and epistemological prestige of the self-discipline and evaluates present responses to those matters.
  • Defines a brand new house for archaeological discourse and dialogue.

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This is the view that in making things people make themselves in the process. Borrowing the idea from Hegel, Daniel Miller (1987:33) suggests that objectification is the foundation for a dialectical theory of culture. It merges the subject/object and individual/society dualities by insisting that both pairs of oppositions are as much constitutive of culture as constituted by it. Because it is not merely reflective, Miller does not consider it to be a process of signification. He holds that “objectification is therefore an assertion of the non-reductive nature of culture as process” (Miller 1987:33).

It shows an ellipse divided in half with the concept (signified) on the top and the sound pattern (signifier) on the bottom. The ellipse is flanked on either side by directional arrows pointing in opposite directions. The arrows emphasize that the two elements of the sign relation are mutually determined and symmetrical. That is, from one, it is possible to predict the other. This view of the sign relation differs from the popular notion in which the sign is taken to refer to the sound pattern alone.

Here I pay special attention to the semiotic deployment of rhetoric, settlement, architectural form, and pottery design as material practices that collectively enabled the Pueblo cultural revitalization movement. Throughout the book, I have made liberal use of case studies. I have done this in the firm belief that examples are the best way to demonstrate complex theoretical ideas. This can be seen as a form of pragmatism because if theories cannot be shown to have an effect on the interpretation of actual data then they are indeed of limited value.

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