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Routledge Library Editions: Archaeology


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Reissuing works originally published between 1930 and 1996, this set presents a rich selection of renowned and lesser-known scholarship across the subject. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this set of research, guidance and surveys. It includes works of theory and of practical research, ranging over a wide range of themes from archaeology and place-names to industrial archaeology to the rock art of Africa.

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Roman Britain to Saxon England: An Archaeological Study

Roman Britain to Saxon England: An Archaeological Study

1st Edition

C.J. Arnold
October 18, 2016

There has long been controversy about the nature and pace of the transformation from Roman Britain to Saxon England. Some scholars argue that there were few instances of major conflict and that the transition took place relatively peacefully over a long period of time. Others argue that the...

Field Archaeology

Field Archaeology

1st Edition

R.J.C. Atkinson
October 18, 2016

During the years before this book was first published in 1946, and re-editioned in 1953, much had been written on the results of archaeological research, but no account had been published of the methods by which those results are obtained. This book provides a simple introduction to the principles...

Tree-ring Dating and Archaeology

Tree-ring Dating and Archaeology

1st Edition

M.G.L. Baillie
October 18, 2016

The analysis of tree-ring patterns, or dendrochronology, is a very exact science and an important dating technique. The basis of the method is misleadingly simple: that overlap of successive older ring patterns can generate a master chronology and samples of unknown age can then be checked against...

Archaeology After Structuralism: Post-structuralism and the Practice of Archaeology

Archaeology After Structuralism: Post-structuralism and the Practice of Archaeology

1st Edition

Ian Bapty, Tim Yates
October 18, 2016

Most practising archaeologists have preferred to leave the deep theories of what lies behind their methods and perceptions on one side. Now archaeologists have faced up to the difficult task of making (or not making) the connections between the past, interpretation and the present. The writers of...

The European Community in Later Prehistory: Studies in Honour of C. F. C. Hawkes

The European Community in Later Prehistory: Studies in Honour of C. F. C. Hawkes

1st Edition

John Boardman, M.A. Brown, T.G.E. Powell
October 18, 2016

The essays collected together in this volume were written in honour of Professor Christopher Hawkes, in recognition of his stature as an international scholar and his generosity in encouraging the work of others. The collection consists of a closely-knit group of studies, and includes contributions...

The Prehistoric Settlement of Britain

The Prehistoric Settlement of Britain

1st Edition

Richard Bradley
October 18, 2016

This study, first published in 1978, explores the evidence for pre-Roman settlement in Britain. Four aspects of the prehistoric economy are described by the author – colonisation and clearance; arable and pastoral farming; transhumance and nomadism; and hunting, gathering and fishing. These aspects...

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Britain: Selected Excavations, 1939-1955

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Britain: Selected Excavations, 1939-1955

1st Edition

R.L.S. Bruce-Mitford
October 18, 2016

Originally published in 1956, this collection features chapters by well-known archaeologists on various archaeological sites explored in the previous decade, as examples of the techniques being used and finds being made. Mostly from the lowland zone of Britain, the chapters nonetheless offer a...

Neolithic Britain: New Stone Age sites of England, Scotland and Wales

Neolithic Britain: New Stone Age sites of England, Scotland and Wales

1st Edition

Rodney Castleden
October 18, 2016

The climax of the Stone Age in Britain, the Neolithic period (4700-2000BC), was a period of startling achievement. The British Isles are rich in Neolithic sites, which give us evidence of a complex and surprisingly developed archaic society. The author surveys 1100 secular and ceremonial sites in...

New Light on the Most Ancient East

New Light on the Most Ancient East

1st Edition

V. Gordon Childe
October 18, 2016

This book offers a detailed survey on major archaeological discoveries in the Near and Middle East. This classic account focuses on the findings in three great centers of ancient civilization: Egypt, Sumer, and the Indus valley. Professor Childe discusses the excavation of the three cities of...

Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

Piecing Together the Past: The Interpretation of Archaeological Data

1st Edition

V. Gordon Childe
October 18, 2016

Originally published in 1956, this concise book brought together wisdom from V. Gordon Childe based upon 10 years of his lectures on the principles of archaeological classification, terminology and interpretive concepts. It examines meanings of technical terms and methodologies used in prehistoric...

The Prehistory Of Scotland

The Prehistory Of Scotland

1st Edition

V. Gordon Childe
October 18, 2016

Archaeology and Society: Reconstructing the Prehistoric Past

Archaeology and Society: Reconstructing the Prehistoric Past

1st Edition

Grahame Clark
October 18, 2016

This reissue of the 1957 3rd edition of this book describes how archaeologists go about their work, how ancient sites are found, what methods are used to explore them, how finds are dated, and within what limits archaeological evidence is able to tell us how people lived before the dawn of recorded...

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