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Does anyone have a recommendation for a book on the history of the field of archaeology? Too often, the info you find about archaeologists or the profession is only piece by piece within a larger discussion of the ancient finds. Thanks!
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The late Bruce G. Trigger's A History of Archaeological Thought is popular in the field. (Well, among those of an anthropological bent. I don't know about classicists.) It takes a global perspective, unlike Willey & Sabloff's History of American Archaeology, plus it considers the societal uses to which archaeology has been, and is, put. It's not a quick read, but neither is it difficult.
I'm currently (slowly) working through Alison Wylie's Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology. Overall, it's a very dense read, but I'm finding it an intriguing history of archaeological thought in the US.
Gods, Graves, and Scholars is on my list of ten favorite books and I read it almost 40 years ago. It is very Eurocentric but considering when it was written it is not to bad if you think of it that way, as a history of European archeology. It deals with the stories of the people that made the discoveries that I had heard about since childhood like Troy and Pompeii.