656 pages cover the entire subject, from the history of archaeology to excavation, evidence, environment and explanation in archaeology; Over 600 illustrations, including world maps, diagrams and reconstructions; Over 100 special features on major topics, from underwater archaeology to radiocarbon dating, from the origins of farming to the collapse of civilizations, with summaries of 30 influential excavations; In-depth case studies on five important projects in Mexico, Australia, Southeast Asia and England; Full reference section, including a glossary of archaeological terms and a comprehensive bibliography and guide to further reading
Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Before Civilization, Archaeology and Language and Figuring It Out: the Parallel Visions of Artists and Archaeologists. Paul Bahn is a prehistorian and archaeological writer. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the standard introduction to cave art, Journey through the Ice Age.
'The most complete, wide-ranging and usable archaeological textbook in the world to date' - Nicholas Saunders, The Times Higher Education Supplement; 'Exactly what is required for first-year students' - Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford; 'A text of impressive scope and detail... has the most global perspective on modern archaeology of any I have ever seen' - Glen H. Doran, Florida State University