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Journal of Ancient History and ArcheologyNo. 1.4/201499Mihaela SavuUniversity ’Babeş-Bolyai’ of Cluj-Napoca[email protected]Paul Bahn (ed.),The History of Archaeology: An Introduction,Abingdon-New York: Routledge, 2014, 266 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-84172-6As archaeologists, the young generation ‘grew up’ with Renfrew &Bahn’sArchaeology. The Key Concepts1,or maybe withArchaeology. Theories,Methods and Practice2or, perhaps, any other theoretical work written or ed-ited by at least one of the two authors here.We could, without being wrong,state that they have specialized in offering studies which concern the disci-pline of archaeology, either by going into explaining its mechanisms, eitherby following its course from early days to current ones. So, why a new bookon the matter? And yet another introduction? I must admit, those were thefirst questions I had in mind when reading the title of the book reviewed here.An answer came from the work’sPreface, where the editor informs us thatThe Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology3,firstpublished in 1996 is outof print; hence, it was time for a new book, a different one (p. vii). But howdifferent did it turn out to be?In order to find an answer to this latter question, I will first of all drawa brief sketch of the book’s structure and then I will slightly move to its con-tent. Therefore, it opens with a word on the subject and on the work’s editor,and then we naturally have some lists (of contents,of figures, of key archaeolo-gist boxes, of key developments boxes, of contributors).The work also contains aPreface,some thirteen chapters and aConclusion.ThePrefaceand the first chapter (The archaeology of archaeology:Pre-modern views of the past) go to the editor, namely Dr. Paul Bahn, while theConclusion: The future of archaeologyhas Professor Colin Renfrew as author.The chapters in between, each of them referring to the history of archaeologyin a specific land, are written by twelve specialists from all around the world.Without going into heavy details, here are the names of the chapters: Chap-ter 2 written by Dr. Peter Bogucki –Ancient Europe: The discovery of antiquity;Chapter 3, by Georgina Muskett –The Aegean World;Chapter 4, by Dr. DavidGill –The Classical world: Antiquarian pursuits;Chapter 5 written by Dr. JoyceTyldesley –Egypt;Chapter 6, by Dr. Jane McIntosh –Western and SouthernAsia;Chapter 7, by Dr. Anne Solomon –Africa;Chapter 8, written by Dr. Mar-garete Prüch –The Far East;Chapter 9, by Dr. Igor Tikhonov –Russia;Chapter10, by Professor Philip Duke –North America;Chapter 11, by Dr. Ann CyphersMesoamerica;Chapter 12 written by Dr. Enrique López-Hurtado –SouthAmerica;and, finally Chapter 13, by Dr. Caroline Bird –Australia.On a closer look one can observe that beyond the large areas, someof the chapters focus on some regional aspects and research topics. Eitherway, archaeology in each studied area follows about the same pattern. Thistranslates into a series of sections, which appear more or less in each of the

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