1st Edition

Doing Archaeology A Subject Guide for Students

By Donald Henson Copyright 2012
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    Covering archaeology from a range of angles, incorporating history, major themes, theories and methods, Doing Archaeology provides a firm grounding for anyone interested in learning more about the discipline. Throughout the book, key information is accessibly presented and important questions are answered, including:

    • What is archaeology?
    • How did archaeology begin?
    • How can archaeology tell us about the past?
    • How can archaeology tell how people use space and the landscape?
    • How can we use the past to understand people?
    • How do archaeology and ‘heritage’ interact?
    • What role does archaeology play in society today?
    • How do we practice archaeology?

    Drawing on the experiences of practising archaeologists, with engaging examples and studies from sites around the world, this book gives the reader a sense of what is it to study archaeology and be an archaeologist. An essential text for students studying A-Level archaeology, those considering or beginning a degree/foundation degree in archaeology, and those of all ages interested in volunteering or becoming involved in archaeological projects.

    Part I: Defining Archaeology  1. What is archaeology?  2. How did archaeology begin?  Part II: People and Places, Past and Present  3. Which pasts do we study?  4. Understanding Our Place in Nature  5. Understanding People  6. Where Archaeologists Work  Part III: Archaeology in Today’s World  7. World Archaeology  8. Archaeology’s Value  9. Some Key Debates in Archaeology  10. Archaeology as Part of Heritage 11. Activist Archaeology  Part IV: Doing Archaeology  12. How to do Archaeology  13. Studying Archaeology  14. Archaeology is Fun


    Don Henson is Honorary Lecturer at University College London and was Head of Education for 17 years at the Council for British Archaeology. He is currently Chair of the World Archaeological Congress Public Education Committee, Director of the Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology at University College London.

    ‘Doing Archaeology is comprehensive, informative, engaging, and entertaining! An extremely useful resource for students thinking of archaeology as a career, for those interested in volunteering on archaeological projects, and for archaeologists advising young people interested in the field. I recommend Doing Archaeology for all my colleagues’ bookshelves.’ - Della Scott-Ireton, PhD, RPA, Florida Public Archaeology Network