A History of Archaeological Thought

  title={A History of Archaeological Thought},
  author={Stuart Piggott and Bruce G. Trigger},
  journal={Journal of Field Archaeology},
List of illustrations Preface 1. The relevance of archaeological history 2. Classical archaeology and antiquarianism 3. The beginnings of scientific archaeology 4. The imperial synthesis 5. Culture-historical archaeology 6. Soviet archaeology 7. Functionalism in Western archaeology 8. Neo-evolutionism and the New Archaeology 9. The explanation of diversity 10. Archaeology and its social context Bibliographical essay References Index. 

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