Archaeological thought, theory, discussion and dissent is fascinating on its own merit. There’s a massive literature for it, which I don’t attempt to cover in any decent way, but there are some interesting articles below.

Bibliography of archaeological thought, theory and discussion

Binford, L. R. (1962). Archaeology as Anthropology. American Antiquity, 28(2), 217-225.

Binford, L. R. (1968). Archaeological perspectives. In New Perspectives in Archaeology (pp. 5-32). USA: American Anthropological Association.

Binford, L. R. (1981). Behavioral Archaeology and the “Pomeii Premise”. Journal of Anthropological Research, 37(3), 195-208.

Binford, L. R. (n.d.). Bones: Ancient Men and Modern Myths. Studies in Archaeology. Academic Press.

Boone, J. L., Smith, E. A., Dennett, D., Earle, T., Hunt, T. L., Madsen, M. E., et al. (1998). Is It Evolution Yet?: A Critique of Evolutionary Archaeology [and Comments and Reply]. Current Anthropology, 39(2), 141-173.

Clarke, D. (1973). Archaeology: the loss of innocence. Antiquity, 157, 6-18.

Cotterill, J. (1993). Saxon raiding and the role of the Late Roman coastal forts of Britain. Britannia, 24, 227-239.

DeMarrais, E., Castillo, L. J., & Earle, T. (1996). Ideology, Materialization and Power Strategies. Current Anthropology, 37(1), 15-31.

Derevenski, J. S. (2000). Rings of life: the role of early metalworking in mediating the gendered life course. World Archaeology, 31(3), 389-406.

Dobres, M. (1995). Gender and Prehistoric Technology: On the Social Agency of Technical Strategies. World Archaeology, 27(1), 25-49.

Dunnell, R. C. (1986). Methodological issues in American artifact classification. In Advances in archaeological method and theory (Vol. 9, pp. 149-207). USA: Academic Press.

Dunnell, R. C. (1988). Concept of progress in cultural evolution. In M. H. Nitecki (Ed.), Evolutionary progress (pp. 169-194). University of Chicago Press.

Flannery, K. V. (1967). Culture History vs. Culture Process: a debate in American archaeology. Scientific America, 2(2), 119-122.

Flannery, K. V. (1982). The Golden Marshalltown: a parable for the archaeology of the 1980s. American Anthropologist, 84(2), 265-278.

Freeman, P. (1996). Roman frontier studies: What’s new? Britannia, 27, 465-470.

Gardner, A. (2002). Social identity and the duality of structure in late Roman-period Britain. Journal of Social Archaeology, 2, 323-352.

Gosden, C. (2005). What do objects want? Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 12(3), 193-211.

Gosden, C., & Marshall, Y. (1999). The cultural biography of objects. World Archaeology, 31(2), 169-178.

Gosselain, O. P. (1992). Technology and style: potters and pottery amoung Bafia of Cameroon. Man, New Series, 27(3), 559-586.

Graves-Brown, P. M. (1995). Fearful Symmetry. World Archaeology, 27(1), 88-99.

Heggarty, P. (2007). Linguistics for archaeologists: principles, methods and the case of the Incas. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 17(3), 311-340.

Hegmon, M. (2003). Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology. American Antiquity, 68(2), 213-243.

Hodder, I. (1974). Regression analysis of some trade and marketing patterns. World Archaeology, 6(2), 172-189.

Hodder, I. (1985). Post-processual archaeology. In Advances in archaeological method and theory (pp. 1-26). London: Academic Press.

Hosler, D. (1995). Sound, Color and Meaning in the Metallurgy of Ancient West Mexico. World Archaeology, 27(1), 100-115.

Hunt, T. L., Lipo, C. P., & Sterling, S. L. (Eds.). (2001). Posing questions for a scientific archaeology (p. 332). Greenwood Publishing Group.

Johnson, M. H. (2006). On the Nature of Theoretical Archaeology and Archaeological Theory. Archaeological Dialogues, 13(02), 117-132.

Jones, A. (2004). Archaeometry and materiality: materials-based analysis in theory and practice. Archaeometry, 46(3), 327-338.

Juleff, G., & Bray, L. (2007). Minerals, metal, colours and landscape: Exmoor’s Roman Lode in the Early Bronze Age. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 17(3), 285-296.

Kelley, J. H., & Williamson, R. F. (1996). The positioning of archaeology within anthropology: a Canadian historical perspective. American Antiquity, 61(1), 5-20.

Killick, D. (2004). Social constructionist approaches to the study of technology. World Archaeology, 36(4), 571-578.

Killick, D., & Young, S. M. M. (1997). Archaeology and archaeometry: from casual dating to meaningful relationship? Antiquity, 71, 518-524.

Kuhn, S. L. (2004). Evolutionary perspectives on technology and technological change. World Archaeology, 36(4), 561-570.

Leonard, R. D. (2003). Essential Tensions. In T. L. VanPool & C. S. VanPool (Eds.), Essential tensions in archaeological method and theory (pp. 143-152). USA: University of Utah Press.

Leone, M. P., Potter, P. B., Shackel, P. A., Blakey, M. L., Bradley, R., Durrans, B., et al. (1987). Toward a Critical Archaeology [and comments and reply]. Current Anthropology, 28(3), 283-392.

Loney, H. L. (2000). Society and technological control: a critical review of models of technological change in ceramic studies. American Antiquity, 65(4), 646-668.

Lowe, J. W. G., & Barth, R. J. (1980). Systems in Archaeology: A comments on Salmon. American Antiquity, 45(3), 568-575.

Mann, J. C. (1979). Power, force and the frontiers of the empire. The Journal of Roman Studies, 69, 175-183.

Marriner, N. (2009). Currents and trends in the archaeological sciences. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36, 2811-2815.

Martin, A. (2005). Agents in inter-action: Bruno Latour and agency. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 12(4), 283-311.

Matthew, J. (1999). Archaeological theory: an introduction. Chapter 7. In Archaeological theory: an introduction (pp. 98-115). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

McCall, G. S. (2007). Behavioral ecological models of lithic technological change during the later Middle Stone Age of South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34, 1738-1751.

Miller, D., & Tilley, C. (n.d.). Ideology, power and prehistory: an introduction. Cambridge University Press.

Neff, H. (1993). Theory, sampling and analytical techniques in the archaeological study of prehistoric ceramics. American Antiquity, 58(1), 23-44.

Owoc, M. A. (2005). From the ground up: Agency, practice and community in the Southwestern British Bronze Age. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 12(4), 257-276.

Pfaffenberger, B. (1992). Social anthropology of technology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21, 491-516.

Phillips, P. (1951). Classification of the pottery; summary and conclusions. In P. Phillips, J. A. Ford, & J. B. Griffin (Eds.), Archaeological survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Vallye, 1940-1947 (pp. 314-339, 347-351). USA: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Renfrew, C. (1994). Towards a cognitive archaeology. In The ancient mind: elements of cognitive archaeology (pp. 3-12). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Robb, J. E. (1998). The archaeology of symbols. Annual Review of Anthropology, 27, 329-246.

Salmon, M. H. (1978). What can systems theory do for archaeology? American Antiquity, 43(2), 174-183.

Schiffer, M. B. (1972). Archaeological context and systemic context. American Antiquity, 37(2), 156-165.

Schiffer, M. B. (1985). Is there a ‘Pompeii Premise’ in archaeology? Journal of Anthropological Research, 41(1), 18-41.

Schiffer, M. B. (2004). Studying technological change: A behavioral perspective. World Archaeology, 36(4), 579-585.

Schreiner, M. (1990). Microanalysis for the study of materials and objects of art and archaeology. Fresenius’ Jounal of Analytical Chemistry, 337, 715-720.

Shanks, M., & McGuire, R. H. (1996). The craft of archaeology. American Antiquity, 61(1), 75-88.

Sinclair, A. (1995). The Technique as a Symbol in Late Glacial Europe. World Archaeology, 27(1), 50-62.

Snodgrass, A. M. (1985). The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist. American Journal of Archaeology, 89(1), 31-37.

Steele, J., & Uomini, N. (2009). Can the archaeology of manual specialization tell us anything about language evolution? A survey of the state of play. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 19(1), 97-110.

Stout, D. (2002). Skill and cognition in stone tool production: An ethnographic case study from Irian Jaya. Current Anthropology, 43(5), 693-722.

Stout, D., & Chaminade, T. (2009). Making tools and making sense: complex, intentional behavoir in human evolution. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 19(1), 85-96.

Trigger, B. G. (1993). Marxism in contemporary western archaeology. In Archaeological method and theory 5 (pp. 159-200). USA: University of Arizona Press.

Trigger, B. G. (1998). Sociocultural evolution: calculation and contingency. Blackwell.

Trigger, B. G. (2006). Culture historical archeology. In B. G. Trigger (Ed.), A history of archaeological thought (pp. 211-313). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Webster, J. (1997). Necessary comparisons: A post-colonial approach to religious syncretism in the Roman provinces. World Archaeology, 28(3), 324-338.

Wells, P. S. (2005). Creating an Imperial frontier: Archaeology of the formation of Rome’s Dannube borderland. Journal of Archaeological Research, 13(1), 49-88.

Willey, G. R., & Phillips, P. (n.d.). Method and theory in American archaeology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved November 12, 2009, from file:///C:/Users/Ruth/PDF%20Articles/Willey1958.pdf.

Woolf, G. (1992). Imperialism, empire, and the integration of the Roman economy. World Archaeology, 23(3), 283-293.

Woolf, G. (1997). Beyond Romans and natives. World Archaeology, 28(3), 339-350.

Wynn, T., Coolidge, F., & Bright, M. (2009). Hohlenstein-Stadel and the evolution of the human conceptual thought. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 19(1), 73-83.

Yoffee, N. (1979). The decline and rise of Mesopotamian civilization: an ethnoarchaeological perspective on the evolution of social complexity. American Antiquity, 44(1), 5-35.

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