By Colin Renfrew

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Since its first version, Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology: Theories, tools, and Practice has been the major educational resource on what archaeologists do and the way they do it. This quintessential source is a finished advent to archaeology’s theories, equipment, and practices within the box, the laboratory, and the library.

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If the Bible was one of the main inspirations behind the search for lost civilizations in Egypt and the Near East, it was Homer’s account of the Trojan Wars in his narrative poem the Iliad that fired the imagination of the German banker Heinrich Schliemann (1822–1890), and sent him on a quest for the city of Troy. With remarkable luck and good judgment he successfully identified it in a series of field campaigns at Hissarlik, western Turkey, in the 1870s and 1880s. Not content with that achievement, he then also dug at Mycenae in Greece and revealed – as he had at Troy – a hitherto unknown prehistoric civilization.

In his later books, such as Man Makes Himself (1936), Childe went on to try and answer the much more difficult question: Why had civilization arisen in the Near East? Himself influenced by Marxist ideas and the relatively recent Marxist revolution in Russia, he proposed that there had been a Neolithic Revolution which gave rise to the development of farming, and later an Urban Revolution which led to the first towns and cities. Childe was one of the few archaeologists of his generation bold enough to address this whole broad issue of why things happened or changed in the past.

The study of DNA, both modern and ancient, has offered novel approaches to the study of human evolution, and is now also beginning to set the study of plant and animal domestication on a systematic, molecular basis. 37 38 PART I: The Framework of Archaeology WOMEN PIONEERS OF ARCHAEOLOGY The story of many early women archaeologists was one of exclusion and lack of recognition or promotion – or even employment. Furthermore, many brilliant academic women accepted that, after marriage, their career would no longer be a professional one, and supported the academic work of their husband with little public recognition.

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