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The Archaeology Coursebook

An Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills, 4th Edition

By Jim Grant, Sam Gorin, Neil Fleming


658 pages

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This fully updated and revised edition of the best-selling title The Archaeology Coursebook is a guide for students studying archaeology for the first time. Including new methods and key studies in this fourth edition, it provides pre-university students and teachers, as well as undergraduates and enthusiasts, with the skills and technical concepts necessary to grasp the subject.

The Archaeology Coursebook:

  • introduces the most commonly examined archaeological methods, concepts and themes, and provides the necessary skills to understand them
  • explains how to interpret the material students may meet in examinations
  • supports study with key studies, key sites, key terms, tasks and skills development
  • illustrates concepts and commentary with over 400 photos and drawings of excavation sites, methodology and processes, tools and equipment
  • provides an overview of human evolution and social development with a particular focus upon European prehistory.

Reflecting changes in archaeological practice and with new key studies, methods, examples, boxes, photographs and diagrams, this is definitely a book no archaeology student should be without.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Understanding Archaeological Resources 1. Archaeological Reconnaissance 2. Archaeological Excavation 3. Post-Excavation Analysis and Archaeological Materials 4. Understanding Dating in Archaeology 5. Archaeological Interpretation Part 2: Studying Themes in Archaeology 6. Human Origins 7. The Sites and People in the Landscapre: Settlement Archaeology 8. Economics A- Forgaing to Farming: The Exploitation of Plants and Animals 9. Economics B: Extraction, Manufacture, Material Culture and Exchange 10. People and Society in the Past 11. The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual Part 3: Issues in World Archaeology 12. Managing Archaeological Heritage13. Archaeology and the Present: Whose past is it anyway?

About the Authors

All three authors have considerable experience in teaching archaeology, examining and field archaeology. Jim Grant is Vice Principal at Cirencester College. Sam Gorin was formerly a Curriculum Director at Newark and Sherwood College. He has been widely involved in field archaeology in the East Midlands. Neil Fleming is Upper-Sixth House Master at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology