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Archaeology: The Key Concepts

1st Edition

Edited by Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn


308 pages

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From two of the best-known archaeological writers in the trade, this outstanding resource provides a thorough survey of the key ideas in archaeology, and how they impact on archaeological thinking and method.

Clearly written, and easy to follow, Archaeology: The Key Concepts collates entries written specifically by field specialists, and each entry offers a definition of the term, its origins and development, and all the major figures involved in the area.

The entries include:

  • thinking about landscape
  • archaeology of cult and religion
  • cultural evolution
  • concepts of time
  • urban societies
  • the antiquity of humankind
  • archaeology of gender
  • feminist archaeology
  • experimental archaeology
  • multiregional evolution.

With guides to further reading, extensive cross-referencing, and accessibly written for even beginner students, this book is a superb guide for anyone studying, teaching, or with any interest in this fascinating subject.

Table of Contents

List of Key Concepts. Contributors. Introduction. Key Concepts. Index

About the Editors

Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge.

Paul Bahn is a freelance writer.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology