This reissue of the 1957 3rd edition of this book describes how archaeologists go about their work, how ancient sites are found, what methods are used to explore them, how finds are dated, and within what limits archaeological evidence is able to tell us how people lived before the dawn of recorded history.
Preface 1. Introductory: Archaeology and Prehistory 2. Avenues of Discovery 3. Survival of the Evidence 4. Excavation 5. Chronology 6. Reconstruction: Economic Life 7. Reconstruction: Social, Intellectual, and Spiritual Life 8. Prehistory and Today
Reissuing works originally published between 1930 and 1996, this set presents a rich selection of renowned and lesser-known scholarship across the subject. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this set of research, guidance and surveys. It includes works of theory and of practical research, ranging over a wide range of themes from archaeology and place-names to industrial archaeology to the rock art of Africa.