Written by the leading authors Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, "Archaeology: The Key Concepts" is an invaluable resource, providing an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the key terms and their impact on archaeological thinking and method. Entries include: - Thinking about landscape - Archaeology of cult and religion - Cultural evolution - ...Read MoreWritten by the leading authors Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, "Archaeology: The Key Concepts" is an invaluable resource, providing an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the key terms and their impact on archaeological thinking and method. Entries include: - Thinking about landscape - Archaeology of cult and religion - Cultural evolution - Concepts of time - Urban societies - The Antiquity of Man - Archaeology of gender - Feminist archaeology - Experimental archaeology - Multiregional evolution Each entry offers a definition of the term, explaining its origin and development, as well as a guide to further reading and extensive cross-referencing. This book is a superb guide for anyone studying or teaching the subject or with an interest in archaeology.Read Less
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Jan 18, 2009
If you aim for a good resource and introduction book prior to embarking in archaeological studies this is probably the number 1 candidate. It is up to date with the latest developments in archaeological theory, method and practice and covers all the important areas of the discipline. The book is divided in 14 parts. The first is a brief history of archaeology and the second a sort of general introduction to the aims and scope of it. Part 3 to 11 explain methodological and practical approaches to a variety of issues in archaeology pertaining both to the natural and human environment, thus introducing the reader to the general framework of archaeological thinking. Part 12 is a quick and very useful review of recent developments (last century) in theoretical approaches in archaeology and parts 13-14 contain some example case studies and explain the relationship between archaeology and the public. Overall it is a very useful and very handy book to keep in your library, as it is also a very good reference source with enough, yet not exhaustive, bibliography on each subject covered in the book. It is highly recommended to everybody.
Apr 4, 2007
I purchased this book on the recommendatino of my professor when I enrolled in a high-level seminar course in archaeological theory and found I was in over my head on the basics. It's clear and accessible, but not without theoretical depth. If you are looking for a great primer, this is it.
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