I thought it was excellent. It actually dared to be funny and accessible.
There are some gaps in the plot... Adrian tells me they were intentional!
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From: Cornelius Holtorf <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 2:47 PM
Subject: Death by Theory
> Hi everybody
> just read a great new book which I thought I better tell you all about!
> It's Adrian Praetzellis (2000) Death by Theory. A tale of mystery and
> archaeological theory. Altamira Press. 0-7425-0359-3 Pbk. costs $18 in USA
> This book is both a good narrative and an introduction to archaeological
> theory. It is *very* well written, *highly* competent and insightful (but
> without any jargon), *beautifully* illustrated, and *extremely* funny.
> more do you want?
> I wish there were more books like this that challenged the conventions of
> archaeological writing and argument in such sophisticated ways.
> Congratulations to Altamira Press for taking the risk that is necessarily
> involved in printing such a book *and* selling it at such a good price.
> These are the kind of publishers that actually move the discipline
> Anybody else on the list who read this book and liked (or disliked) it?
> Cornelius Holtorf
> University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology