The Great Archaeologists


A gripping account of 200 years of archaeological research, excavation and thought, told through the life stories of 70 of the world’s greatest pioneers and practitioners.


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Brian Fagan


Brian Fagan has assembled a team of some of the world’s greatest living archaeologists to write knowledgeably and entertainingly about their distinguished predecessors. Full of fascinating anecdotes, personal accounts and unexpected insights, this comprehensively illustrated book encompasses more than two centuries of research and excavation round the globe.

Controversial figures such as Heinrich Schliemann of Troy fame, and Aurel Stein, plunderer of ancient manuscripts from Central Asia, are reassessed. Little-known pioneers Рfor example, Max Uhle in Peru and Li Chi in China Рare set beside the giants in the field: Lepsius, Mariette and Carter in Egypt; Koldewey, D̦rpfeld and Woolley in the Near East; Stephens and Catherwood, discoverers of the Maya of Mexico; and Louis and Mary Leakey, who transformed knowledge of our African ancestry. Other indomitable women here include Gertrude Bell, explorer of Arabia and Iraq, Kathleen Kenyon, the excavator of Jericho, and the script-decipherer Tatiana Proskouriakoff.

Additional information

Weight 1180 g
Dimensions 19.6 x 24.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2014
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Brian Fagan
Dimensions 19.6 x 24.7 cm
Weight 1180 g


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