Theories, Methods and Practice


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


ISBN: 9780500292105 Category:

Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn


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.

Additional information

Weight 1545 g
Dimensions 18.7 x 22.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2016
Number of pages 672
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.7 x 22.8 cm
Weight 1545 g
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.