Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory
AltaMira Press

Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

  • Publish Date: 2000-12-13
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Adrian Praetzellis

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A European Neolithic burial. A large stone Venus. Nothing unusual about it_except that it was found on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Archaeologist Hannah Green and her shovelbum nephew find themselves in a tangled web of competing interestsavaricious land owners, hungry media, and a cult of goddess worshipperswhile investigating one of the finds of the century. In untangling the mystery of the Washington Venus, Hannah and Sean have to confront questions of archaeological evidence, of ethics, of conflicting interpretation of data, and of the very nature of archaeological truths. Helping them are a cadre of disdainful graduate students who propose various theoriesprocessualist, marxist, feminist, postmodernistto explain the bizarre events. Teach your students archaeological theory in a fashion they'll enjoy, while they solve the mystery in Adrian Praetzellis's delightful textbook-as-novel.

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