Adrian Praetzellis provides a brief, readable introduction to contemporary theoretical models used in archaeology for the undergraduate or beginning graduate student. He demystifies a dozen flavors of contemporary theory for the theory-phobic reader, providing a short history of each, its application in archaeology, and an example of its use in recent work. The book: teaches about different contemporary archaeological theories including postcolonialism, neoevolutionism, materiality, and queer theoy is written in accessible language with key examples for each theory includes illustrations and cartoons by the author provides questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate discussion.
Adrian Praetzellis AEs professional career started in 1972 when he began digging full-time on Roman and medieval sites on the British archaeological circuit. This lead to work on prehistoric and 18th/19th-century archaeology in Virginia, the Great Basin, and California, where he has lived ever since. Adrian has a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Berkeley and is Professor of Anthropology at Sonoma State University, USA. In addition to teaching archaeology and cultural resources management, he is Director of the Anthropological Studies Center, a university research institute. Adrian is author/illustrator of two comic novels that teach archaeological theory and method, Death by Theory and Dug to Death (AltaMira Press). The former has gone into two editions, the latter has been celebrated as oathe only archaeology textbook with a Yiddish glossaryoua claim to fame thatAEs not likely to be challenged any time soon.