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Bibl.: p.249-266. - This book arises from a gathering of archaeologists, summer 1991, at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (cf. Introduction, p.1). - Contents: Processual, postprocessual and interpretive archaeologies / Michael Shanks, I. Hodder; Interpretive archaeologies / M. Shanks, I. Hodder; 1, Philosophical issues of interpretation. Interpretation in contemporary archaeology / Gavin Lucas; Past realities / Mary Hesse; Interpretive anthropology / Ernest Gellner; The problem of origins / Henrietta Moore; 2, The origins of meaning. The origins of meaning / A. Alexandri; Cognitive and behavioural complexity in non-human primates / Phyllis C. Lee; Language and thought in evolutionary perspective / Robert A. Foley; Talking to each other: why hominids bothered / James Steele; Interpretation in the palaeolithic / Clive Gamble; 3, Interpretation, writing and presenting the past. Interpretation, writing and presenting / J. Carman; Writing on the countryside / Peter J. Fowler; Can an African-American historical archaeology be an alternative voice? / Mark P. Leone [et al]; "Trojan forebears", "peerless relics": the rhetoric of heritage claims / David Lowenthal; A sense of place / Kevin Walsh; 4, Archaeology and history. The nature of history / Jonathan Last; The French historical revolution: the Annales school / A. Gurevich; The relations between humans and natural history in the construction of archaeology / A. Schnapp; Material culture in time / M. Shanks; Railroading epistemology: Palaeoindians and women / Joan Gero; 5, Material culture. Interpreting material culture / V.A. Buchli; The visibility of the archaeological record and the interpretation of social reality / F. Criado; Tombs and territories / M. Parker Pearson; Reconciling symbolic significance with being-in-the-world / Julian Thomas; Questions not to ask of Malagasy carvings / Maurice Bloch; Knowing about the past / Colin Richards.