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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4th edition (27 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415233550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415233552
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Kevin Greene has succeeded admirably in his task of providing an introduction to archaeology for undergraduates, adult students and the general reader, with his clear exposition and skillful use of illustrations.' - Council for British Archaeology Newsletter

'A splendid book and a worthy introduction to the subject.' - Times Educational Supplement

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The book is aimed at people without much prior knowledge of archaeology who might find the size and detail of some other textbooks rather overwhelming. If you are a hard-up student, take a careful look at this book and its alternatives, and decide which one is written at the right level for you. I'm always pleased to hear from readers and website users who have suggestions for additions and/or improvements for future versions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Contrary, to the belief of most of the reviewers it is a good book and very useful to theose studying Archaeology, it is especially useful if you happen to study at Newcatle Uni where Kevin Greene himself works and lectures, especially if he takes all of your Archaeology Lectures, as he does with us, as the book ties in with the scheme of work. Even so i bought this book long before i decided to go to Newcastle and it helped me to understand the subject better. Personally this has to be on every archaeology students bookshelf, a winner.
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Still the best introductory guide to the subject. Greene presents the subjects with typical clarity and economy. Pretty much everything is covered. The book is aimed at first year undergraduates, although older and younger students will find much of use. The book now has a companion website to ensure it is bang up to date.
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This is a fantastic book, which can be best described as the bible for all lovers of archaeology. As an archaeology student at university I found this book full to the brim with essential information that every budding archaeologist must have.
The book is well planned out and each chapter leads well into the other. When reading the book you can feel your knowledge of the subject build after every page is turned. The book covers every thing from techniques needed in the field to detailed coverage of previous excavations.
One of the highlights of the book is the superb drawings and sketches that break up the book into easy digestible pieces.
In all this is a must book for all that love the subject.
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My comments relate to the 4th edition (2002), so I hope that the noted weaknesses here have been resolved in the newer edition.

Several years ago I was asked to read this book in an Introductory Archeology course and found it very difficult to follow then, but I plowed on to complete the course.

Recently I came back to it and read the last chapter on "Making Sense of the Past." I did this to complement what I had just learned from another book about interpretive archeology and archeology of the mind. If I had not just read the other book, I would have been completely stymied in trying to read Greene's chapter.

In the Preface (which he mentions in this last chapter), Greene states that the book is "meant to be readable rather than comprehensive" and is targeted to "just about any interested reader from mid-teens upward." I nearly feel off my chair when I read this statement. The book is far from readable in so many places and is way beyond the reach of any teenager that I have ever met. I could barely follow along myself, even with a PhD.

This shortcoming of overly formal writing and unexplained references to constructs which have not been previously defined seems to be a recurring problem in books by academics who think they can write for the general public. They don't seem to realize they are using jargon which makes many passages in the book impenetrable. As a fellow academic in a different field, I am myself aware of this danger and find it jarring when I encounter such lapses.

For all the reasons mentioned above, I would argue that Greene is not a writer for the interested ordinary citizen, teenage or otherwise. Pity, because he clearly "knows his stuff!" Hopefully he's a better teacher than writer.
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This book does not go to deeply into the subject in most instances but it does cover a wide range of subjects and works well with the accompanying website. Yes the Renfrew and Bahn book is much more comprehensive but nowhere near as easy to read.

Get it, it has to be one of the core books along with Renfrew and Bahn
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I agree with the reviewers "Not Great" and "A Waste of Money". This is a set book for the 1st year of the Open University Classics MA, which I am currently taking, and I find it very lightweight and frustrating. There is nothing to get your teeth into - no case studies (unlike the Renfrew and Bahn book) and nothing to get you thinking and working at the subject. Cannot understand why the OU chose this as their set book rather than Renfrew and Bahn. To be fair to Greene I suspect that the OU course designers didn't even read this book as they refer in their course notes to a 'case study' of the Roman fort at Corbridge which simply isn't in the book - as I said there are no case studies. To any budding archaeology students, if you have a choice go for the Renfrew and Bahn book and give this one a miss.
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open university has this for there set book. its ok but can get very boring and frustrating. id rather they have colin renfrew archaeology book. it may cover all from beginner to advanced archaeology but the answers are in this book and they are explained in full
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This is a brilliant book to begin your introduction to Archaeology and beyond. It gives you all the relevant information in a very readable book. You do not have to be fluent in all the technical terms as they are explained as you progress through the chapters.
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