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Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction 2/e (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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Review from previous edition Very lively indeed and remarkably perceptive - a quite brilliant and level-headed look at the curious world of archaeology. (Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford)
It is often said that well-written books are rare in archaeology, but this is a model of good writing for a general audience. [The] chapters rattle along, packed with information by never getting bogged down in too much details. The book is full of jokes, but its serious message-that archaeology can be a rich and fascinating subject-it gets across with more panache than any other book I know. (Simon Denison, editor of British Archaeology)
About the Author
Paul Bahn is a freelance writer, translator, and broadcaster in archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of ntiquaries, a corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America, a contributing editor of Archaeology magazine (New York), and vice-president (UK) of the Easter Island Foundation. He instigated and led the project which discovered Britain's only known Ice Age cave art in 2003.
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He deals with the subject in an open, welcoming, explanatory manner, that illustrates how so many of the seemingly remote areas of archaeology actually do interact. Well explained and written with a superb sense of humour, encouraging the reader/student to enjoy the subject rather than suffer from it.
If I ever meet the man I'll shake his hand, and thank him profusely; it is a refreshing view of a subject by someone who has pursued it throughout their life, and who fervently hopes to pass the enjoyment onto the next student in line.
This short book is a well presented introduction to archaeology. Paul Bhan is a very engaging and sometimes quirky writer who nonetheless knows how to present archaeology in a very informative and accurate manner. In this short introduction he presents all important facets of archaeology providing the reader with a very comprehensive view of this field. The writing is lucid and engaging, and Bhan throws in an occasional joke or pun here or there. Most of them are amusing, but some of them fall flat or make you scratch your head. Nonetheless, these comic diversions show a lot of character, and this is one of the books with the most personality in the entire very short introduction series. There are also numerous archaeology-themed cartoons throughout the book, and they too make this a unique very short introduction. I didn't find the cartoons terribly amusing, but taste in humor is a very individual matter.
One of the most admirable traits of this short book is that Bahn is very honest and forthright in dealing with all the less than savory aspects of the discipline of archaeology - petty rivalries, overly pompous "experts," and a sense of self-importance that is disproportionate to the everyday relevance. Bahn is also not impressed with some of the latest conceptual trends in archaeology, but unfortunately it seems that those are in ascendance within the walls of modern academia. In the light of that this short introduction is especially valuable as an example of what clear and to-the-point educational approach ought to look like.
Bahn is pretty harsh with some modern archaeological notions, and objectivity toward his peers is clearly not a priority with him, but I don't think this seriously distorts what he has to say.
I do not know of a better short introduction to the subject than this book. Following this, you might want to read Egyptology, another excellent entry in the same series.
The illustrations are really well drawn and add just that bit more fun to the subject.
My only complaint would be that there appears to be a strong bias and Bahn can be very harsh about some of his fellow archaeologists and their methodology; it's a shame that the book doesn't describe the varying opinions of the subject more neutrally.
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