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Writing about Archaeology

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In this book, Graham Connah offers an overview of archaeological authorship: its diversity, its challenges, and its methodology. Based on his own experiences, he presents his personal views about the task of writing about archaeology. The book is not intended to be a technical manual. Instead, Connah aims to encourage archaeologists who write about their subject to think a ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published April 1st 2008)
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Lee Broderick
This is less a guide for how to write archaelogical texts and more a reflection on 50 year worth of writing about archaeology. Some useful advice is given regarding how to write the various forms typical of archaeological publications (monographs, journal articles, etc.) but the decision was made by the author to incorporate these into a dense, but humurous, text rather than a bullet guide. Following this decision, what emerges is a highly readabale (and enjoyable) account of writing about archa ...more
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"...to be any sort of an author takes writing ability and confidence, but to be an archaeological writer can also require both courage and determination."

Writing about our work is essential as archaeologists, because we need to share our research with both the scientific world and the public. This job is not for the selfish, thus we must learn how to transfer the information in written text as best as possible, so it remains in the world as our legacy.

Although there is a slight emphasis on writi
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Graham Connah is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, and is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has excavated and conducted archaeological fieldwork in Britain, Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, and Australia. His best known books are The Archaeology of Benin (1975), ...more
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