Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology
Editor: Graeme Barker
Table of Contents
Part One: origins, aims and methods
1. Discovering the past Alain Schnapp and Kristian Kristiansen 2. The development of archeological
theory: explaining the past Charles Redman 3. The nature of archeological evidence John Collis 4. Field
archeology Martin Carver 5. Establishing archeological chronologies Anthony Harding 6. Reconstructing
environment and landscape Anthony Brown 7. Studying People Simon Hillson 8. Studying structures
Matthew Johnson 9. Studying artefacts Elizabeth Slater 10. Preserving and presenting the evidence Mike
Part Two: Themes and approaches
11. Culture and identity Julian Thomas 12. The organization of society Chris Gosden 13. Settlement and
territory John Bintliff 14. Food and farming Graeme Barker and Annie Grant 15. Production and exchange
in prehistory Timothy Earle 16. Production and exchange in historical archeology John Moreland 17.
Population, health and disease Fekri Hassan 18. Cognition, thought, ideas and beliefs Steve Mithen and
Part three: Writing Archaeological History
19. Human evolution Andrew Chamberlain 20. Hunter-gatherer societies Robin Dennell 21. Early
agricultural societies Peter Bogucki 22. The development of rank societies Stephen Shennan 23.
Urbanization and state formation Simon Stoddart 24. The development of empires Steven Dyson 25.
Post-collapse societies Joseph Tainter 26. Europe in the Middle Ages Neil Christie 27. The archeology of
Islam Alastair Northedge 28. The archaeology of the modern state: European colonialism James Delle,
Mark Leone, Paul Mullins 29. The archaeology of industrialisation Marilyn Palmer
This comprehensive, fully illustrated Companion answers the need for an in-depth archaeology reference
that provides authoritative coverage of this complex and interdisciplinary field. The work brings together
the myriad strands and the great temporal and spatial breadth of the field into two thematically organized
The Companion includes 29 articless written by an international team of leading scholars, and features
the usual clarity and high-quality writing standards of Routledge's acclaimed Comapnion Encyclopedias.
Organized into 3 major sections, the two volumes provide definitive coverage of the field as a whole:
1. Origins, aims and methods of archaeology
2. Themes and approaches to archaeology
3. Writing Archaeological History
Part One explores the history of the discipline, the theory, and looks at techniques of studying different
types of archaeological evidence. Archaeology's relationship to other disciplines and its assimilation of
their techniques and approaches is also discussed in this section.
Part Two explores how archaeologists approach such themes as culture, identity, society, territory,
population and beliefs across the traditional boundaries of period and place. The study of each theme
requires an interdisciplinary and integrated approach. The ways in which these terms are defined in
archaeological discourse are also discussed.
The essays in Part Three take a historical approach to the development of societies. This section
integrates the concerns which are addressed in the previous two sections and draws together the
methods and approaches in studying hunter-gatherer societies, developing models for state formation,
examining medieval demographic trends, and understanding early modern and industrial societies.
Readership The Companion will appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Academics in archaeology and
related disciplines, field archaeologists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, amateur
archaeologists and the informed and enthusiastic general reader will all find this a fascinating and useful
reference tool. The thematic strategy ensures that the book has relevance across the field as well as
allowing for in-depth approaches to specific issues and topics.
* Authoritative, in-depth information on the theory and practice of archaeology, including coverage of vital
issues and developing trends
* Entries by internationally renowned scholars in the field
* Photos, drawings and other images illustrating key points in the work
* Clear high quality writing, useful and accessible to a wide audience
* Helpful introductory overviews preceding each section
* Extensive suggestions for further reading at the end of each entry
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