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"Sets the new standard for excellence in this field."—Antiquity
This best-selling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it has now been completely revised. Structured according to the key questions that archaeologists ask themselves, it provides coverage of all the major developments in methods, science, technology, and theory.
For the fifth edition, the voices of indigenous archaeologists have been included, and there is updated coverage of archaeological ethics and Cultural Resource Management. Recent findings are discussed, and there is expanded coverage of topics such as bioarchaeology and geoarchaeology.

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This textbook covers the basics of archeology, describing the discipline's overall framework, its relationship to our understanding of human experience, and its current practices. Specific chapters discuss the history of archeology, the features of excavation sites, dating methods, the different topics of archeological inquiry, the nature of archeological explanation, and case studies. Approximately 600 illustrations are included. Renfrew teaches archeology at the University of Cambridge. Bahn is a prehistorian and archeological writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500287132
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Bahn is a world-renowned archaeological writer and an authority on rock art and the archaeology of Easter Island. He has published widely, both in the scholarly literature and in more popular books and articles on archaeology.

Colin Renfrew is the emeritus Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He is one of the best-known and most influential contemporary archaeologists. He is especially well-known for his research on the ancient Aegean, his campaigns against looting and to preserve the world’s archaeological heritage, and his interests in archaeological theory and science. His contribution to archaeology has been recognized through seven prizes, including the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal and the Latsis Prize of the European Science Foundation (both 2003) and the Balzan Prize (2004).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Nature and Aims of Archaeology
1 The Searchers
2 What is Left?
3 Where?
4 When?
5 How Were Societies Organized?
6 What Was the Environment?
7 What Did They Eat?
8 How Did They Make and Use Tools?
9 What Contact Did They Have?
10 What Did They Think?
11 Who Were They? What Were They Like?
12 Why Did Things Change?
13 Archaeology in Action
14 Whose Past?
Glossary
Notes and Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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