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archaeological-semiotics

This interdisciplinary book examines archaeology's engagement with semiotics, from its early structuralist beginnings to its more recent Peircian encounters. It represents the first sustained engagement with Peircian semiotics in archaeology, as well as the first discussion of how pragmatic anthropology articulates with anthropological archaeology. Its central thesis is thThis interdisciplinary book examines archaeology's engagement with semiotics, from its early structuralist beginnings to its more recent Peircian encounters. It represents the first sustained engagement with Peircian semiotics in archaeology, as well as the first discussion of how pragmatic anthropology articulates with anthropological archaeology. Its central thesis is that archaeology is a distinctive kind of semiotic enterprise; one devoted to giving meaning to the past in the present through the study of materiality. It compliments standard studies of linguistics and reformulates contemporary theories of material culture....

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ISBN : 9781405199131
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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  • Carl
    2019-03-01 16:34

    In all, a very useful volume about the application of Peirce's semiotics to archaeology. The discussion of the nature of the sign and the grounds that connect it to objects and interpretants is straightforward without being as elaborate and jargon-laden as some. I was a little disappointed at the case studies, however, as they did not carry the punch I was hoping for. After laying out an interesting way of understanding the logic undergirding archaeological interpretation, Pruecel could have applied his argument much more forcefully in his discussions of the Brook Farm and post-Revolt pueblos.