There are a few fairly good and inexpensive 'bare-bones' texts out of
Britain, but which are available in the U.S.. One is 'Archaeology: The
Basics, 2nd ed' by Clive Gamble (Routledge, 2004). Another is
'Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction' by Paul Bahn (Oxford, 1996).
You might also want to take a look at 'Prehistory: A Very Short
Introduction' by Chris Gosden (Oxford, 200).
'Archaeology: Introductory Guide for Classroom and Field' by Ellis E.
McDowell-Loudan is very short, and focuses on field work.
(Pearson/Prentice Hall 2002).
Although a bit longer, a few other books out of Britain might be worth
considering. These include 'The Archaeology Coursebook, 2nd edition'
(Grant, Gorin, and Fleming 2005; Routledge)and 'Archaeology: An
Introduction, 4th ed (Greene 2002).
'The Practical Archaeologist, 2nd edition' (Checkmark/Facts on File,
1999) isn't designed as a textbook, but might suit your purpose.
I think the brief/condensed texts by Fagan; Thomas; and Ashmore and
Sharer just aren't very cheap anymore.
I know that Thames and Hudson were considering doing a brief version of
the very comprehensive 'Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice,
4th ed' by Renfrew and Bahn, but don't know if that is going ahead.
Of course, if you can wait a bit (and stand an unabashed, self-serving
plug)...my own text, with the tentative title of 'Introducing
Archaeology' might also suit your needs. It is scheduled for a 2006
release and should be very reasonably priced.
>>> deborah.shepherd@... 9/21/2005 1:34:57 PM >>>
Does anyone know of a decent "bare-bones" text that explains
archaeological method in a short and readable format? I'm looking for
something short and cheap because it would be one of five required
(equally short and cheap) books for a new environmental anthropology
class that includes discussion of past civilizations.
Thanks for any help!
Deborah J. Shepherd, Ph.D.
Anthropology and Sociology
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Coon Rapids Campus
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