Interpretive Archaeology and Its Role

  title={Interpretive Archaeology and Its Role},
  author={Ian Hodder},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={7 - 18}
  • I. Hodder
  • Published 1 January 1991
  • Sociology
  • American Antiquity
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