Theories, Methods and Practice


‘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


ISBN: 9780500294246 Category:

Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn


New to this Edition

• 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.
• 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.

Additional information

Weight 1493 g
Dimensions 18.9 x 23 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 19 August 2020
Number of pages 672
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.9 x 23 cm
Weight 1493 g


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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).