compiled by Bob Muckle
Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC

(last updated December 2006)

Part 1. Textbooks for introductory courses that are focused primarily on method

Part 2. Textbooks for introductory courses that combine archaeology and world prehistory

Part 3. Textbooks for introductory courses that combine archaeology and physical/biological anthropology

Part 4. Supplementary readers for introductory archaeology courses

Part 5. Supplementary workbooks and CD ROMs for introductory archaeology courses

Part 6. Supplementary case studies

Part 7. Web resources

Part 8. Film


Part 1. Textbooks for Introductory Courses: Method

 Archaeology. 1st  Canadian ed.  Michael Chazan, ed. Pearson Canada, estimated publication date: 2008)

 Archaeology. 4th ed. 2006. David Hurst Thomas and Robert L. Kelly. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Archaeology: A Brief Introduction. 9th ed. 2006. Brian Fagan. Prentice-Hall.

 Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction. 1996. Paul Bahn. Oxford University Press.

 Archaeology: An Introduction. 4th ed. Kevin Greene. Routledge. 2002

 Archaeology Coursebook. 2nd ed. 2005. Jim Grant, Sam Gorin, and Neil Fleming. Routledge.

 Archaeology: Down to Earth. 3rd ed. 2007. David Hurst Thomas and Robert L. Kelly. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Archaeology: Introductory Guide for Classroom and Field. 2002. Ellis McDonwell-Loudon. Prentice-Hall.

 Archaeology: The Basics. 2001. Clive Gamble. Routledge.

 Archaeology: The Science of Once and Future Things. 1993. Brian Hayden. Freeman.

 Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past. 2nd ed. 2006. Mark Q. Sutton and Robert Yohe II. Allyn and Bacon.

 Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice. 4th ed. 2004. Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn. Thames and Hudson.

 Back to the Earth: An Introduction to Archaeology. 2002. John P. Staeck. McGraw-Hill. 2002.

 Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology. 4th ed. 2006. Wendy Ashmore and Robert Sharer. McGraw-Hill.

 In the Beginning: An Introduction to Archaeology. 11th ed. 2005. Brian Fagan and Christopher R. Decorse. Prentice-Hall.

 Introducing Archaeology. 2006. Robert J. Muckle. Broadview Press.

 Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology. 2004. Kenneth L. Feder. Oxford.

 Out of the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology. 1993. David Webster, Susan Evans, and William Sanders. McGraw-Hill.


Part 2. Textbooks for Introductory Courses: Archaeology and World Prehistory

 Ancient Lives: An introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory. 3rd ed. 2007.  Brian Fagan. Prentice-Hall.

 Ancient Preludes. 2nd ed. 2002. D. Bruce Dickson and David L. Carlsen. Eddie Bowers Publishing.

 Exploring Prehistory: How Archaeology Reveals Our Past. 2nd ed. 2006. Pam J. Crabtree and Douglas V. Campana. McGraw-Hill.

 Images of the Past. 5th ed. T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman. McGraw-Hill. 2008.

 The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory. 4th ed. 2007. Kenneth L. Feder. McGraw-Hill.

 People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory. 12th  ed. 2007. Brian Fagan. Prentice-Hall.


Part 3. Textbooks for Introductory Courses: Archaeology and Physical/Biological Anthropology

 Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 5th ed. 2007. Kenneth L. Feder and Michael A. Park. McGraw-Hill.

 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 2002. Carol Ember, Melvin Ember, and Peter N. Peregrine. Prentice-Hall.

 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 5th ed. 1995. Clifford J. Jolly and Randall White. McGraw-Hill.

 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 2nd ed. 2006. Conrad Kottack. McGraw-Hill.

 The Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 2000. Christopher R. Decorse. Prentice-Hall.

 Understanding Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. 9th ed. 2007. Barry Lewis, Robert Jurmain, and Lynn Kilgore. Thomson/Wadsworth.


Part 4. Supplementary Readers for Archaeology

 Annual Editions: Archaeology. 8th ed. 2007. Marie Pritchard-Parker and Elvio Angeloni. McGraw-Hill.

 Archaeology: Original Readings in Method and Practice. 2002. Peter N. Peregrine, Carol R. Ember, and Melvin Ember. Prentice-Hall.

 Exploring the Past: Readings in Archaeology. 2000. James M. Bayman and Miriam Stark. Carolina Academic Press.

 Lessons from the Past: An Introductory Reader in Archaeology. 1999. Kenneth L. Feder. McGraw-Hill.

 Reading Archaeology: An Introduction. Robert J. Muckle. 2007. Broadview Press.


Part 5. Supplementary Workbooks and CD ROMs: Introductory Archaeology Courses

 Adventures in Fugawiland: A Computerized Simulation in Archaeology, with CD ROM. 3rd ed. 2002. Douglas Price and Birgitte Gebauer. McGraw-Hill.

 Doing Archaeology: A Hands-On Laboratory Manual. 1998. Patricia Rice. McGraw-Hill.

 Doing Historical Archaeology: Exercises Using Documentary, Oral, and Material Evidence. 1994. Russell J. Barber. Prentice-Hall.

 The Theory and Practice of Archaeology: A Workbook. 3rd. ed. 2005. Thomas Patterson. Prentice-Hall.

 Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Palaeolithic Site in France, with CD ROM. 2nd ed. 2003. Harold Dibble, Shannon McPherron,  and Barbara Roth. Prentice-Hall.


 Part 6. Supplementary Case Studies  

 A Village of Outcasts – Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site. 1994. Kenneth L. Feder. McGraw-Hill.

 Awatimarka – The Ethnoarchaeology of an Andean Herding Community. 1995. Lawrence A. Kunar. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Camden, Historical Archaeology in the South Carolina Backcountry. 2006. Kenneth E. Lewis. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Copan – The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Maya Kingdom. 2000. David L. Webster, Ann Corine Freter, and Nancy Gonlin. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Etlatongo – Social Complexity, Interaction, and Village Life in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico. 2004.  Jeffrey P. Blomster. Thomson/Wadsworth. 2004. 

 Khok Phanom Di – Prehistoric Adaptation to the World’s Richest Habitat. 2002. Charles Higham and Rachanie Thosarat. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Lambert Farm – Public Archaeology and Canine Burials Along Narrangansett Bay. 2002. Jordan E. Kerber. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Life in the Pueblo – Understanding the Past Through Archaeology. 1998. Kathryn Kamp. Waveland.

 Plants and People in Ancient Ecuador – The Ethnobotany of the Jama River Valley. 2004. Deborah M. Pearsall. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Purisimeno Chumash Prehistory – Maritime Adaptations Along the Southern California Coast. 1996. Michael Glassow. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 The Ceren Site – A Prehistoric Village Buried by Volcanic Ash in Central America. 2nd ed. 2006. Payson Sheets. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 The Pithouses of Keatley Creek – Complex Hunter-Gatherers of the Northwest Plateau. 2002. Brian Hayden. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Towards a Social History of Archaeology in the United States. 1995. Thomas C. Patterson. Thomson/Wadsworth.

 Tropical Forest Archaeology in Western Pichincha, Ecuador. 2004. Ronald D. Lippi. Thomson/Wadsworth.


Part 7. Web Resources (a good place to direct students) (for weekly archaeology news)


Part 8. Film  - online videos - Films for the Humanities and Sciences - Nova series - Out of the Past video series 









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