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Theories, Methods and Practice

Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn


‘As indispensable to an archaeology student as a trowel … every student, or indeed any interested amateur, should really find a space on their shelf for this useful book’ Minerva

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The eighth edition included updated treatment of postcolonial approaches and indigenous archaeology, with coverage of the ontological turn in archaeology, and new examples of community archaeology in southern Africa and Australia.

Also new to this edition:

• New discoveries and research across the globe, such as archaeological evidence of social hierarchies at the ancient city of Liangzhu, China, and recent evidence of Neanderthal art in France and Spain.

• A more inclusive picture of archaeology, raising the profile of women in the discipline’s history, and describing the development of archaeology in China and Japan.

• In Chapter Five, updated treatment of social organization, with critical evaluations of Service’s model, and new coverage of heterarchies.

• New box features include: forensic archaeology; change in the Amazon; ancient microbes; paleoproteomics; Must Farm; evidence of feasting at Stonehenge; Neanderthal art; and ceramic styles and learning.

• New book design, including, for each chapter, distinct introductions that offer a general overview of each topic covered.

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'A student essential'
Current Archaeology

'Popular with students on both sides of the Atlantic … immaculately fact-checked and proofed … it is the book’s intellectual ambition that really gives it the edge. And it is this that makes Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology a book that anyone with a strong curiosity about the world around them can enjoy'
Mike Pitts, British Archaeology

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Eighth edition

Size: 22.9 x 18.7 cm

Extent: 672 pp

Publication date: 6 August 2020

ISBN: 9780500294246

About the Author

Colin Renfrew is Disney Emeritus Professor of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.

Paul Bahn is the author or editor of numerous books, including the standard introduction to cave art, Images of the Ice Age, as well as The First Artists (with Michel Lorblanchet).