Since its first edition, Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice has been the leading educational source on what archaeologists do and how they do it. The text is organized around the key questions that archaeologists ask about the past and details the practical and theoretical ways in which answers to those questions are sought. The seventh edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with 16 additional pages and new material on the latest developments in the subject and coverage of many recent discoveries. The book is newly designed with additional box features and extensive drawings, charts, and photographs, all in full colour.
This is a truly global introduction to archaeology, and includes examples from every part of the world. New boxes include coverage of the discovery of Richard III’s burial; excavations at the Neolithic Ness of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands; snow patch archaeology on mountain tops and in the far north; Roman glassware traded to ancient Japan; the Museum of London’s excavation of a Roman and later medieval site in the heart of the city; fresh analysis of Grauballe Man, a Danish Iron Age bog body; and work on the origins of farming at Jerf el Ahmar, Syria.
'Very simply, Renfrew & Bahn is the book that we recommend to all our students as the 'if you are going to buy only one book, this is the book you need to buy'. We would expect all of our students to use it, and it is recommended for a range of first and second year modules, both core and optional. Quite simply, it is the best textbook.'
Mark Pearce, Nottingham University
'It is invaluable in its breadth of coverage of the discipline'
Paul Halstead, Sheffield University
'With abundant helpful illustrations and suggestions for further reading, this book remains an invaluable introduction to the world of archaeology'