Now in an updated third edition, Archaeology: The Basics provides a straightforward and engaging introduction to the world of Archaeology. This book answers key questions about how and why we practice archaeology and examines the theories and themes underpinning the subject. Fully updated, this new edition includes a wide range of examples and new material on key growth areas including:
* Evolutionary approaches in current archaeology
* The archaeology of landscape and place
* The impact and value of archaeology
* Conflict archaeology and the politics of the past
With 12 new illustrations, four new boxes and additional case studies this text is essential reading for all those beginning to study archaeology and anyone who has ever questioned the past.
Praise for previous editions:
'Strongly recommended for novice undergraduates … makes an absolutely excellent case for archaeology as a discipline.' – Antiquity
'The digger boasting the worn stub of a trowel in their right back trouser pocket should feel incomplete without a copy of Archaeology: The Basics in the other.' – Current Archaeology
1. What is archaeology? 2. How many archaeologies are there? 3. Basic concepts 4. People 5. Objects 6. Time and space 7. Change and statis 8. Identity and power 9. The impact and value of archaeology Glossary References
The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.
Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.
Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.