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5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Book,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)This a first class book on all aspects of archaeology including the history of archaeology, surveying sites, dating methods, the organisation of societies (sociology, environment, diet, tools, contact, thought processes), migration and change, and careers in archaeology. The book got an excellent review by Peter Clayton in Minerva magazine.
This is heavy book; its 656 pages on quality paper and filled with colour illustrations. It is also a heavy read and not for those who want to skip through an easy introduction to the subject. If you want a serious introduction to archaeology, this is the book for you.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No light weight,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)This is no light weight quick guide at 650 pages and 1.5 kgs. It should be enough to get an unadventurous student through first year and beyond. The authors' academic focus is obvious. The `how to' section of the book is less than a quarter of the whole. Even this deals extensively with the history of archaeology and how the work was done in the past. There were some scoundrels: even Schliemann, discoverer of Troy, manipulated his evidence. Modern techniques are dealt with but only enough to whet the appetite. You will search in vain for instructions on how to set out a field for field walking. However, numerous panels and a fine selection of photographs and diagrams make for absorbing reading.
The dominant section deals with such questions as `how were societies organized?' `What were the members' diets, tools, trades, arts and beliefs?' `Why did things change?' Just think next time you are walking a freezing field that the purpose is to give yourself a better understanding of developments in ancient societies and hence our own. These are the questions we would all like to answer. Unfortunately the authors also have their eyes on the American market and a few dollars there. Consequently many of the examples discussed are about native American, Inca and other American societies which we find much more difficult to relate to than Europe and the Middle East.
The last section poses interesting questions of ethics and the misuse of the past for political purposes. It then moves on to discuss our responsibility for preservation - and the opposite, the destruction of monuments by tourism, war and religious or ethnic jealousies. Afghanistan, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia vie for a place here. Finally, to inspire the student, there are five profiles of career archaeologists.
The very last words of the text come from a British Museum curator and sum the subject up perfectly: `archaeology is meaningless unless it can be communicated in a way that anyone and everyone can understand.'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)This book is full of wonderful information and it arrived really fast and in excellent condition and is deco worth the read
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)This book was one of the texts on my university reading list, it is concise and well-structured with all the relevant information that would be needed. All of which is easy to find and in great depth. An excellent purchase.
4.0 out of 5 stars Why did not I buy it earlier!,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)I wanted to buy a book like that for a long time.I was fortunate to be able to afford it.I bought it and I am very satisfied.It is what I was looking for.You can really learn the methods.I was really impressed.It even has the anatomy of an animal so as to know what part of the animal is the one found.It is explanatory with pictures and details.If someone wants to learn archaeology it is the book to buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended university reading,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)I'm starting a "History with Archaeology" joint honours degree this September and this text book is on the required reading list.
Firstly, the book is hefty! Yes academic books are expensive, but trust me, you're getting a good deal here.
Secondly, the book is really well laid out. Sorted by chapter, it's very easy to find what you're looking for using either the contents page or the index.
If you've got a passing interest in archaeology maybe look elsewhere, but if you want to get deep, buy this book. It's completely packed with information, a multitude of photographs and illustrations, all of which are beautifully rendered in colour (for the first time according to the introduction).
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, but I'd suggest you also buy a bag with wide straps to carry it in.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Informative,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)I approached this textbook having read the somewhat shorter text by Kevin Greene and Tom Moore entitled Archaeology: An Introduction, which I found an excellent introduction to an area of study in which I am very much a newcomer.
I put off reading this book because it looked so daunting: coming on for 600 pages plus a detailed bibliography and comprehensive index. In the event, however, there was absolutely no problem. The text, especially in this sixth edition, is vividly illustrated. The main narrative and analysis are punctuated by "articles" on specific topics. Some of these were quite fascinating in the sudden, brief insight into archaeological investigations that were previously completely unknown to me. One example is the section on quantifying animal bones, which makes reference to a Bronze Age village in Spain.
It is quite difficult to make the comparison between the two books. To an extent, of course, they cover the same ground and matters such as the latest techniques for updating are inevitably quite complex and make for challenging reading whoever is writing about them. I suppose a greater sense of the richness of the subject comes from Renfrew and Bahn but I would happily go back to either if I wanted to check out aspects of the theory or practice of archaeology. For sheer enjoyment, I'd probably stick with Renfrew and Bahn again - mainly, to be honest, because of the illustrations. However, I think we are fortunate to have two such excellent introductions readily available.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone interested in Archaeology,
This review is from: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (Paperback)Great book, very informative and this edition has lots of colour pictures alongside the articles. For me this is the "Bible" for anyone wanting to understand archaeology.
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Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice by Paul Bahn (Paperback - 5 Mar 2012)