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By Ian Hodder, Scott Hutson

The 3rd variation of this vintage advent to archaeological conception and approach has been absolutely up-to-date to handle the swift improvement of theoretical debate through the self-discipline. Ian Hodder and Scott Hutson argue that archaeologists needs to give some thought to quite a few views within the complicated and unsure activity of "translating the that means of previous texts into their very own modern language". whereas ultimate headquartered at the value of that means, employer and heritage, the authors discover the most recent advancements in post-structuralism, neo-evolutionary idea and phenomenology.

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We tend to overemphasise children’s reliance on adults and thereby underplay the dependence of adults on children (Sillar 1994:49). Even children as young as three years old can make genuine economic contributions to their society (see Hockey and James 1993:90). 5 Three-year-old Maya girl learning to weave, Nabenchauk, 1991. Source: Greenfield (2004: fig. 21; copyright Lauren Greenfield). example, taking care of young children, thus freeing others to leave the home (Hockey and James 1993:144). : 148–9).

An attempt to move forward and incorporate current ideas into the studies of archaeology and status must therefore begin by briefly considering the history of ideas concerning inequality. Inequality The unequal distribution of wealth and power has been the subject of scrutiny over centuries, in forms ranging from myths, religious and literary texts, to philosophical and political discussions. Although exciting in its own right, a detailed treatise on this enormous body of evidence is well beyond the scope of this chapter.

1998:61, see also James 1993; Jenks 1996; Levine 1998; Prout and James 1990; Stephens 1995). Others are starting to examine the cultural construction of ‘old age’ (Amoss and Harrell 1981; Hockey and James 1993; Pilcher 1995). The remainder of this section will outline these developments, detailing how Western conceptions of ‘age’ and ‘ageing’ have been shown to be culturally specific. The implications of this work for archaeological research will then be explored. Ginn and Arber (1995:5) have usefully highlighted that there are in fact several different meanings of the term ‘age’.

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