The Archaeology of Kinship
Advancing Interpretation and Contributions to Theory
The Archaeology of Kinship supports Ensor’s objectives: to demonstrate the relevance of kinship to major archaeological questions, to describe archaeological methods for kinship analysis independent of ethnological interpretation, to illustrate the use of those techniques with a case study, and to provide specific examples of how diachronic analyses address broader theory. As Ensor shows, archaeological diachronic analyses of kinship are independently possible, necessary, and capable of providing new insights into past cultures and broader anthropological theory. Although it is an old subject in anthropology, The Archaeology of Kinship can offer new and exciting frontiers for inquiry.
Kinship research in general—and prehistoric kinship in particular—is rapidly reemerging as a topical subject in anthropology. This book is a timely archaeological contribution to that growing literature otherwise dominated by ethnology.
“Ensor’s book is a tour de force that is certain to deeply impact the practice of archaeology.”—Peter N. Peregrine, co-author of Anthropology
“Ensor dares go where few archaeologists have gone for decades when he identifies the study of kinship as a major goal of archaeological research. This is not the archaeological study of kinship of the 1960s and 1970s but rather an approach fully grounded in current post-processual theory.”—David E. Doyel, Arizona Archaeological Society