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Part I - The Framework of Archaeology The Searchers: The History of Archaeology * What is Left? The Variety of the Evidence * Where? Survey and Excavation of Sites and Features * When? Dating Methods and Chronology * Part II - Discovering the Variety of Human Experience How Where Societies Organized? Social Archaeology * What Was the Environment? Environmental Archaeology * What Did They Eat? Subsistence and Diet * How Did They Make and Use Tools? Technology * What Contact Did They Have? Trade and Exchange * What Did They Think? Cognitive Archaeology, Art and Religion * Who Were They? What Were They Like? The Bioarchaeology of People * Why Did Things Change? Explanation in Archaeology Part III - The World of Archaeology Archaeology in action: Five Case Studies * Whose Past? Archaeology and the Public * The Future of the Past; How to Manage the Heritage? * The New Searchers; Building a Career in archaeology * Glossary, Notes and Bibliography, Index

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The leading educational textbook for archaeology students, explaining what archaeologists do and how they do it

About the Author

Colin Renfrew is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Paul Bahn is co-author of Thames & Hudson's bestselling Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, and author of Images of the Ice Age, widely regarded as the standard introduction to cave art.


'With abundant helpful illustrations and suggestions for further reading, this book remains an invaluable introduction to the world of archaeology' - Current Archaeology
'It is invaluable in its breadth of coverage of the discipline' - Paul Halstead, Sheffield University
'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

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