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The second edition of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: TheNew Pragmatism, has been thoroughly updated and revised, andfeatures top scholars who redefine the theoretical and politicalagendas of the field, and challenge the usual distinctions betweentime, space, processes, and people. Defines the relevance of archaeology and the social sciencesmore generally to the modern world Challenges the traditional boundaries between prehistoric... more...

Since the eighteenth century, the concept of prehistory was exported by colonialism to far parts of the globe and applied to populations lacking written records. Prehistory in these settings came to represent primitive people still living in a state without civilization and its foremost index, literacy. Yet, many societies outside the Western world had developed complex methods of history making and documentation, including epic poetry and the use of... more...