The Archaeology Coursebook

An Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills, 3rd Edition

By Jim Grant, Sam Gorin, Neil Fleming

© 2008 – Routledge

452 pages

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pub: 2008-06-24
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About the Book

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 case studies in this third 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 and how to succeed with different types of assignments and exam questions
  • supports study with case studies, key sites, key terms, tasks and skills development
  • illustrates concepts and commentary with over 300 photos and drawings of excavation sites, methodology and processes, tools and equipment
  • links from its own website at to other key websites in archaeology at the right level
  • contains new material on "Issues in Modern Archaeology", "Sites and People in the Landscape" and "People and Society in the Past", new case studies, methods, examples, boxes, photographs and diagrams; as well as updates on examination changes for pre-university students.

This is definitely a book no archaeology student should be without.


'The excitement of discovery is tangible on every page. Few archaeology texts offer such varied and stimulating material.' - Mike Wilson, Aquinas College

'A superb introduction to anyone with a general interest in Archaeology. It serves as an excellent and invaluable companion text book to A level Archaeology students, and provides a valuable introductory read for students studying archaeology in higher education.' - Dave Jones - Principal Examiner for A Level Archaeology, UK

'An invaluable resource for students studying archaeology at a variety of levels - school, university, continuing education outreach and educational groups… Current issues and global examples are put into context, and the accessible study skills approach encourages full engagement with deeper complexities within the subject.'

- Ian Baxter, Glasgow Caledonian University

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Understanding Archaeological Resources 1. Archaeological Reconnaissance 2. Excavation 3. Post-Excavation Analysis 4. Understanding Dating in Archaeology 5. Archaeological Interpretation Part 2: Studying Themes in Archaeology 6. Religion and Ritual 7. The Archaeology of Settlement 8. Material Culture and Economics 9. People and Society in the Past Part 3: Issues in World Archaeology 10. Managing the Past 11. Presenting the Past Part 4: Examination Success and Beyond 12. Studying for Archaeology Success in Archaeology Exams 13. Doing an Archaeological Project 14. Other Resources: Where to Next? Studying Archaeology in the UK. Appendix: Answers and Mark Schemes. Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations. Bibliography. Index

About the Authors

Jim Grant is a Chief Examiner in A Level Archaeology and Assistant Principal at Cirencester College. He has experience as a field archaeologist.

Sam Gorin is Chief Moderator for A Level Archaeology and 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 a Chief Examiner in A Level Archaeology and Upper-Sixth House Master at Christ's Hospital, Horsham. He is a highly experienced teacher of archaeology who also has field archaeology experience.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology