Both the work and the life of Leo S. Klejn, Russia’s foremost archaeological theorist, remain generally unrecognized by Western scholars. Until now. In this biography and summary of his work, Stephen Leach outlines Klejn’s wide-ranging theoretical contributions on the place and nature of archaeology. The book details-Klejn’s diverse work on ethnogenesis, migration, Homeric studies, pagan Slavic religion, homosexuality, and the history of archaeology;-his life challenges as a Russian Jewish scholar, jailed for homosexuality by the KGB and for his challenges to Marxist dogma;-his key contributions to theoretical archaeology and, in particular, Klejn’s comparisons between archaeologists and forensic scientists.
"This is a useful introduction to English-language archaeologists interested in the life, scholarship, and theoretical positions of an important and provocative Russian archaeologist."— Andrew P. Roddick, Canadian Journal of Archaeology
"Stephan Leach’s biography of Klejn is a welcome account of Leo S. Klejn's life and intellectual pursuits, which also form a window on the workings of Russian society." - Visa Immonen, University of Turku