A Little History of Archaeology

Brian Fagan
Published by Yale University Press

A Little History of Archaeology is packed full of danger, debate, audacious explorers and astonishing discoveries around the globe.

‘Learned and lively’

  1. Wall Street Journal

What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilisations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history – more than three million years.

This new title in the popular Little History series tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe: ancient Egyptian tombs, Mayan ruins, the first colonial settlements at Jamestown, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredibly preserved Pompeii, and many more. In 40 brief, exciting chapters, the book recounts archaeology’s development from its 18th-century origins to its 21st-century technological advances, including remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery techniques that revolutionised the field.

Shining light on the most intriguing events in the history of the field, this up-to-date book illuminates archaeology’s controversies, discoveries, heroes and scoundrels, global sites, and newest methods for curious readers of every age.

‘Crisp, engaging and accessible ... In archaeology today, Brian Fagan is among the very best writers who are able to clearly and effectively communicate with the general public. This excellent book is no exception.’

  1. Wall Street Journal

Published by Yale University Press

288 pages

40 illustrations


216 mm x 140 mm

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