- 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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Archaeology: An Introduction Paperback – 27 Jun 2002
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Get it, it has to be one of the core books along with Renfrew and Bahn
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This looks like a good book for my course on archaeological methods. I had to re- order this as my first order never came!Published 3 months ago by mrs.s e windsor
Essential for Archaeology students during the first year. Definitely a good introduction.Published 7 months ago by Mandy Burns
I bought this book for college and found that it was outstanding and easy to follow and made my course work a lot easierPublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by john mabbley
A first class introduction to the subject. Some of the reviewers seem to have missed the word "Introduction" in the title, it does what it says on the cover and it does it... Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by teevoss
I bought this as I was attending an Introductory course on Archaeology ( night school) and it is very good indeed.Published on 12 Feb. 2010 by R. Smith
Greene's 'Archaeology an Introduction' is one of those perennial volumes that continues to be useful decade after decade. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2009 by Stephen Bull