The Present Past
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How can an archaeologist know that a freshly unearthed artefact is an axe? What is the meaning of the decoration on an object? What can archaeological data reveal about a society's structure? The Present Past demonstrates how insights from the anthropological study of modern societies can help archaeologists to interpret material evidence. First published in 1982, the book now features an updated bibliography and a new introduction in which the author reflects on changing attitudes to the practice of ethnoarchaeology.