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This list relates to the semester Semester Two 2018/19 which does not start until 01/01/2019
  1. The readings are provided to help you navigate the literature and gain a deeper understanding of the issues brought up in each session. Essential readings are highlighted to help you focus on important contributions to the topics. It is not expected that you will read everything on this list; use it strategically. You may choose to find your own readings for the essay and search for case studies reflecting your personal interests in archaeology. 

     

     

  2. Theory Course Textbooks 25 items
    1. Essential Reading 4 items
      1. Archaeological theory in the new millennium: introducing current perspectives - Oliver J. T. Harris, Craig N. Cipolla, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2017

        Book Essential

      2. Archaeological theory today - Ian Hodder 2012

        Book Essential

      3. Archaeological theory: an introduction - Matthew Johnson 2010

        Book Essential

      4. Archaeological theory in a nutshell - Adrian Praetzellis 2015

        Book Essential Handy beginners guide

    2. Recommended Reading 21 items
      1. Landscape: politics and perspectives 1993

        Book Recommended

      2. Archaeology: an introduction - Kevin Greene, Tom Moore, Taylor & Francis Group 2010

        Book Recommended See: Chapter 6 “Making Sense of the Past”, pp. 249-312

      3. Reading the past: current approaches to interpretation in archaeology - Ian Hodder, Scott Hutson 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. Theory and practice in archaeology - Ian Hodder 1995 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      5. The archaeological process: an introduction - Ian Hodder 1999

        Book Recommended

      6. Reading the past: current approaches to interpretation in archaeology - Ian Hodder, Scott Hutson, Dawson Books 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      7. Interpreting Archaeology: finding meaning in the past 1995

        Book Recommended

      8. Archaeological theory and scientific practice - Andrew Jones 2002

        Book Recommended

      9. Understanding the Archaeological Record - Gavin Lucas 2012 (electronic resource)

        Article Recommended

      10. A companion to social archaeology - Lynn Meskell, Robert W. Preucel 2004

        Book Recommended

      11. The death of archaeological theory? - J. L. Bintliff, Mark Pearce c2011

        Book Recommended See: Pearce, M. - "Have Rumours of the 'Death of Theory' been Exaggerated?,"

      12. Contemporary archaeology in theory: the new pragmatism c2010

        Book Recommended

      13. Interpretive archaeology: a reader 2000

        Book Recommended

      14. Time, culture and identity: an interpretative archaeology - Julian Thomas 1996

        Book Recommended

      15. Interpretative archaeology 1993

        Book Recommended

      16. A history of archaeological thought - Bruce Graham Trigger 2006

        Book Recommended

      17. Necropoleis 3 items
        1. The loved body's corruption: archaeological contributions to the study of human mortality - Jane Downes, Tony Pollard, Scottish Archaeological Forum c1999

          Book  See: Richmond, M. - Archaeologia Victoriana: the archaeology of Victorian Funeral.

        2. Death by design: the true story of the Glasgow Necropolis - Ronnie Scott 2005

          Book 

  3. Negotiating Social Relationships 55 items
    1. Social Theory - General 3 items
      1. Archaeological theory: an introduction - Matthew Johnson 2010

        Book Essential See: chapters 1-5.

      2. Reading the past: current approaches to interpretation in archaeology - Ian Hodder, Scott Hutson, Dawson Books 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See; Chapter 2

      3. A Marxist archaeology - Randall H. McGuire c1992

        Book Essential

    2. Agency Theory 19 items
      1. Outline of a theory of practice - Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Nice 1977

        Book 

      2. The logic of practice - Pierre Bourdieu c1990

        Book 

      3. The constitution of society: outline of the theory of structuration - Anthony Giddens 1984

        Book 

      4. Understanding agency: social theory and responsible action - Barry Barnes 2000

        Book 

      5. Archaeological theory today - Ian Hodder 2001

        Book  See: Barrett, J. - Agency, the duality of structure, and the problem of the archaeological record, pp. 141‐164.

      6. Agency in archaeology - Marcia-Anne Dobres, John E. Robb 2000

        Book  See: Brumfiel, E. - On the archaeology of choice: Agency studies as a research strategem. Theory and Interpretation in Archaeology, pp. 249–256.

      7. Agency in archaeology - Marcia-Anne Dobres, John E. Robb 2000

        Book 

      8. Agency in archaeology - Marcia-Anne Dobres, John E. Robb 2000

        Book  See: Hodder, I. - Agency and individuals in long‐term processes, pp. 21–33.

      9. Commentary - Sherry B. Ortner 10/2001

        Article 

      10. Agency in archaeology - Marcia-Anne Dobres, John E. Robb 2000

        Book  See: Pauketat, T. - The tragedy of the commoners, pp. 113–129.

      11. Social theory and archaeology - Michael Shanks, Christopher Y. Tilley 1987

        Book 

    3. Social theory: Case Studies 18 items
      1. Social Agency and the Dynamics of Prehistoric Technology - Marcia-Anne Dobres and Christopher R. Hoffman 1994

        Article 

      2. Agency and identity in the ancient Near East: new paths forward - Sharon R. Steadman, Jennifer C. Ross 2010

        Book 

    4. Archaeologies of Identity 15 items
      1. Social construction of the past: representation as power - George Clement Bond, Angela Gilliam 1994

        Book 

      2. Gender and archaeology - Rita P. Wright c1996

        Book Essential See: Costin, C. L., Exploring the Relationship between Gender and Craft in Complex Societies: Methodological and Theoretical Issues of Gender Attribution.

      3. Archaeologies of social life: age, sex, class et cetera in ancient Egypt - Lynn Meskell c1999

        Book 

      4. Archaeological theory today - Ian Hodder 2001

        Book  See: Meskell, L., Archaeologies of identity, pp. 187–213.

      5. Social construction of the past: representation as power - George Clement Bond, Angela Gilliam 1994

        Book 

      6. Reading Dress: The Construction of Social Categories and Identities in Bronze Age Europe - Marie Louise Stig Sørensen 03/1997

        Article  Article is not part of a library subscription.

      7. Engendering archaeology: women and prehistory - Joan M. Gero, Margaret W. Conkey 1991

        Book  See: Tringham, R. E. "Households with Faces: the Challenge of Gender in Prehistoric Architectural Remains,"pp. 93-131.

      8. Worlds of gender: the archaeology of women's lives around the globe - Sarah M. Nelson c2007

        Book  See: Whitehouse, R, "Gender archaeology in Europe,'pp. 139-189.

  4. Subjectivity and Interpretation 26 items
    1. Background Philosophy 3 items
      1. Knowledge: readings in contemporary epistemology 2000

        Book Essential

    2. Archaeology and Interpretation 20 items
      1. Stonehenge: making space - Barbara Bender 1998

        Book 

      2. Places of special virtue: megaliths in the Neolithic landscapes of Wales - Vicki Cummings, A. W. R. Whittle 2004

        Book 

      3. Archaeology: the key concepts - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005

        Book  See: Gibbon, G., Epistemology. See pages 89-94, this is a basic overview but is very useful and has an extensive reading list on epistemology for your pleasure.

      4. Phenomenology in Practice: Towards a Methodology for a 'Subjective' Approach - Sue Hamilton, Ruth Whitehouse, Keri Brown, Pamela Combes 04/2006

        Article 

      5. Interpreting Archaeology: finding meaning in the past - Ian Hodder 1995

        Book  Lots of highly relevant papers.

      6. The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill - Tim Ingold, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2000 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      7. Archaeological theory: an introduction - Matthew Johnson, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book  See for instance: pg 234-5.

      8. Relativism, Objectivity and the Politics of the Past 12/1997

        Article  And see also responses to this in the same volume, and in Archaeological Dialogues 5.1, 30ff.

      9. Envisioning landscape: situations and standpoints in archaeology and heritage - Dan Hicks, Laura McAtackney, G. J. Fairclough, World Archaeological Congress c2007

        Book  See: McAtackney, L. The Contemporary Politics of Landscape at the Long Kesh/Maze Prison Site, Northern Ireland

      10. Building technologies, quick architecture and early Neolithic long barrow sites in southern Britain - L McFadyen 2006

        Article  This is a great paper on the experience of monument-building.

      11. Interpreting Archaeology: finding meaning in the past - Ian Hodder 1995

        Book  See: Shanks, M. & Hodder, I. Processual, postprocessual and interpretive archaeologies, pp. 3-39.

      12. Social theory and archaeology - Michael Shanks, Christopher Y. Tilley 1987

        Book 

      13. Archaeology and modernity - Julian Thomas 2004

        Book 

      14. Interpretive archaeology: a reader - Julian Thomas 2000

        Book  Part II consists of papers on the theme of ‘Interpretation, inference, epistemology’. See also Part I – ‘On the character of archaeology’

      15. Interpretative archaeology - Christopher Y. Tilley 1993

        Book  See: Introduction: interpretation and the poetics of the past, pp. 1-27 and various other papers.

      16. A history of archaeological thought - Bruce Graham Trigger 1989

        Book  See: Chapter 10

    3. Examples of extreme knowledge production 3 items
      1. A phenomenology of landscape: places, paths, and monuments - Christopher Y. Tilley 1994

        Book  Good example of narrative as knowledge

      2. Relativism, Objectivity and the Politics of the Past 12/1997

        Article  See also responses to this in the same volume, and in Archaeological Dialogues 5.1, 30ff.

      3. Ancestral geographies of the Neolithic: landscape, monuments, and memory - M. R. Edmonds 1999

        Book  A good indication of a fictional turn in Neolithic studies in the 1990s.

  5. Materiality 63 items
    1. Essential Reading 4 items
      1. Archaeological theory in the new millennium: introducing current perspectives - Oliver J. T. Harris, Craig N. Cipolla, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2017

        Book Essential See: Chapter 8: Finding symmetry: Actor-Network-Theory and new materialism, plus chapters relevant to your essay.

      2. Archaeological theory today - Ian Hodder 2012

        Book Essential See: Knappett, C. 'Materiality', pp. 188-207.

      3. Understanding the Archaeological Record - Gavin Lucas 2012 (electronic resource)

        Article Essential See: chapter 4, “Materialized Culture”, pp.124-168.

      4. Material culture after text: re‐membering things - BjØrnar Olsen 10/2003

        Article Essential See: Pp. 87-104.

    2. Materiality 12 items
      1. The Oxford handbook of material culture studies 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book  See: Well explained introduction to material agency and materiality theories in general, pp.333-51 and Hicks, D. 'The Material-Cultural Turn: Event and Effect'.

      2. Materials against materiality - Tim Ingold 2007-6

        Article  See also Ingold 2004.

      3. Archaeometry and materiality: materials-based analysis in theory and practice - A. Jones 08/2004

        Article  See this paper on materials and the debates following it.

      4. Material evidence: learning from archaeological practice 2015

        Book Essential See: Jones, A. M. 'Meeting Pasts Halfway: A consideration of the ontology of material evidence in archaeology, pp. 324-338.

      5. Archaeologies of materiality - Lynn Meskell 2005

        Book  See: Introduction: Object Orientations - pp. 1-17.

      6. Materiality - Daniel Miller 2005

        Book Essential

      7. Archaeological theory today - Ian Hodder 2012

        Book Essential See: Olsen, B. 'Symmetrical archaeology'. pp. 208-28.

      8. Handbook of material culture - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential

    3. Material Agency 6 items
      1. Vibrant matter: a political ecology of things - Jane Bennett, Dawson Books 2010

        Book  Background philosophy

      2. Soils, stones and symbols: cultural perceptions of the mineral world - Nicole Boivin, Mary Ann Owoc, European Association of Archaeologists c2004

        Book  See: Boivin, N. - Geoarchaeology and the Goddess Laksmi: Rajasthani insights into geoarchaeological methods and perhistoric soil use - pp. 165-186. Excellent case study

      3. The Oxford handbook of material culture studies - Dan Hicks, Mary Carolyn Beaudry 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book  See: Jones, A. M. & Boivin, N. - The malice of inanimate objects: material agency, pp. 333-351. Helpful overview of materiality and theories behind it.

      4. Pandora's hope: essays on the reality of science studies - Bruno Latour 1999

        Book  See: Chapter six for the gun/human agency debate.

    4. Material Properties & the Senses 6 items
      1. Not so much a pot, more a way of life: current approaches to artefact analysis in archaeology - C. G. Cumberpatch, Paul Blinkhorn 1997

        Book Essential See: Cumberpatch, C. G. 'Towards a phenomenological approach to the study of medieval pottery', pp. 125-151. Good case study of coloured and textured materials.

      2. Making senses of the past: toward a sensory archaeology - Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Annual Visiting Scholar Conference 2013

        Book Essential

      3. Archaeology and the senses: human experience, memory, and affect - Yannis Hamilakis, Askews & Holts Library Services 2013

        Book Essential For review of sensory archaeology read the introduction and choose relevant chapters

      4. Colouring the past: the significance of colour in archaeological research - Andrew Jones, Gavin MacGregor 2002

        Book Essential See: Important volume on colour in archaeology

      5. The world of perception - Maurice Merleau-Ponty 2009

        Book  Background philosophy

      6. Handbook of material culture - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See: Young, D. - The colours of things, pp. 173-85. Excellent example of colour and materials in specific cultural setting

    5. Object Biography 12 items
      1. The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective - Appadurai, Arjun, 1949- 2013.

        Book Essential See: Appadurai, A. 'Introduction: Commodities and the Politics of Value', pp. 3-63.

      2. An age of experiment: classical archaeology transformed (1976-2014) 2018

        Book  See: Given, M. - Island of slag: the materiality, monumentality and biography of copper slag on Cyprus.

      3. The Cultural Biography of Objects - Chris Gosden and Yvonne Marshall 1999

        Article 

      4. Archaeological theory in the new millennium: introducing current perspectives - Oliver J. T. Harris, Craig N. Cipolla, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2017

        Book  See: Chapter 5: Secret lives of things: object agency and biography.

      5. The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective - Arjun Appadurai, American Council of Learned Societies, Ethnohistory Workshop, Symposium on the Relationship between Commodities and Culture 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Kopytoff, I. - "The cultural biography of things: commoditization as process," - pp. 64-91.

    6. Entanglement 7 items
      1. Archaeological theory in the new millennium: introducing current perspectives - Oliver J. T. Harris, Craig N. Cipolla, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2017

        Book  See: Chapter 6: Things make people? considering materiality, phenomenology, experience and entanglement.

      2. Entangled: an archaeology of the relationships between humans and things - Ian Hodder, Ebooks Corporation Limited c2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      3. The materiality of plants: plant–people entanglements - Marijke van der Veen 20/10/2014

        Article  Great case study of entanglement.

    7. Materiality of value 16 items
      1. Cultures of commodity branding - University College London. Institute of Archaeology 2016

        Book  See: Bevan, A. - Making and Marking Relationships. Bronze Age Brandings and Mediterranean Commodities - pp. 35-85.

      2. Embodying value?: the transformation of objects in and from the ancient world - Momente de Transformation: Die Erzeugang und Zerstörung von Wert (Workshop), Embodying Value: The Transformation of Objects in and from the Roman World (Panel), Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2014

        Book Essential See: Introduction and choose relevant chapters

      3. The world of goods: towards an anthropology of consumption - Mary Douglas, Baron Isherwood 1996

        Book  Anthropological theoretical text

      4. Mediterranean urbanization 800-600 BC - Robin Osborne, Barry W. Cunliffe, British Academy c2005

        Book  See: Foxhall, L. "Village to cities: stapels and luxuries? Exchanges networks and urbanization", pp. 232-248.

      5. Toward an anthropological theory of value: the false coin of our own dreams - David Graeber, Dawson Books 2001 (electronic resorce)

        Book Essential See: Start with the 2013 HAI journal article

      6. Order, legitimacy and wealth in ancient states - Janet E. Richards, Mary Van Buren 2000

        Book  See: Joyce, R. A. - High culture, Mesoamerican civilization, and the classic Maya tradition - pp. 64-87.

      7. The construction of value in the ancient world - Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA 2012

        Book Essential Read introdution and choose relevant chapters.

      8. The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective - Arjun Appadurai, American Council of Learned Societies, Ethnohistory Workshop, Symposium on the Relationship between Commodities and Culture 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Renfrew, C. - Varna and the emergence of wealth in prehistoric Europe - pp. 141-168.

      9. The philosophy of money - Georg Simmel, David Frisby, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2004

        Book  Influential text on the theory of value, specifically money