A Very Short Introduction:Archaeology - Paul Bahn


  • Considers the origins and development of the practice of archaeology
  • Explores the methods that archaeologists use to explore the past and consider how people lived
  • Reflects the move from traditional archaeology to science-based archaeology, including how genetics has contributed heavily to modern practice
  • Highlights how archaeologists have a place in some of the most prominent debates of our age, such as the role of climate change, the effects of rises in sea-level, and the possibility of global warming

New to this Edition:

  • Includes updates surrounding new discoveries and interpretations of previous material
  • Shows how technology and science are helping archaeologists, from the use of DNA and the internet to GPS and digital imaging
  • Updated further reading section

This entertaining Very Short Introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology - a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebble tools to satellite photographs, from excavation to abstract theory, archaeology interacts with nearly every other discipline in its attempts to reconstruct the past.

In this new edition, Paul Bahn brings the text up to date, including information about new discoveries and interpretations in the field, and highlighting the impact of developments such as the potential use of DNA and stable isotopes in teeth, as well the effect technology and science are having on archaeological exploration.

More Information
Pages 136
Publication Date 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199657438
Binding Paperback
Author Paul Bahn
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