Histories of Archaeology A Reader in the History of Archaeology

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $207.99 Save up to $20.80
  • Rent Book $187.19
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the history of the discipline of archaeology. Local, national, and international histories of archaeology that deal with institutions, concepts, categories, and the social and political contexts of archaeological practice have begun to influence the development of archaeological theory. This volume contributes to these developments by reprinting 19 significant papers. Spanning much of the last 200 years and global in coverage and outlook, the papers provide a thorough grounding in the historiography of archaeology, and will enhance understanding of the origins and growth of its theory and practice. A general introduction which is itself a contribution to historiography orients readers by outlining core themes and issues in the field.

Author Biography

Tim Murray is Professor of Archaeology, La Trobe University.
Christopher Evans is Executive Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Brixham Cave and the Antiquity of Man (1965)p. 13
Introduction and Polemic (1968)p. 46
Perspectives of a Sentimental Journey: V. Gordon Childe in Australia 1917-1921 (1981)p. 58
The Burden of Tribalism: The Social Context of Southern African Iron Age Studies (1984)p. 72
Uses of the Past: Archaeology in the Service of the State (1987)p. 93
The Past as Propaganda: Totalitarian Archaeology in Nazi Germany (1990)p. 120
The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Archaeology: The Case of the Ancient Monuments Protection Act (1882) (1990)p. 145
The Role of Biography in Writing the History of Archaeology (1992)p. 177
'Our Ancestors the Gauls': Archaeology, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Manipulation of Celtic Identity in Modern Europe (1994)p. 194
Archaeology against the State: Roots of Internationalism (1995)p. 222
Kultur and the World War (1996)p. 238
Excavating Women: Towards an Engendered History of Archaeology (1998)p. 279
Gustaf Kossinna (1858-1931) (2001)p. 312
A History of Archaeology in Brazil (2001)p. 328
How to Benefit from Received Ideas (2001)p. 346
Historiography (2001)p. 360
On the International Roots of Prehistory (2002)p. 378
Between Antiquarians and Archaeologists-Continuities and Ruptures (2002)p. 392
Original Publication Detailsp. 406
Referencesp. 408
Indexp. 463
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review