This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 134
  • Course:
  • Semester: IV
  • Title: Introduction to Archaeology
  • Stream: Archaeology
  • Definition; the nature and aims of Archaeology; the speculative phase; digging Pompei, past and present; evolution, Darwins Great Idea; categories of Archaeological evidence, plant, animal- and human; dating- methods and chronology, relative dating methods, absolute dating methods ; brief overview on world civilizations – Egyptian, Greek, Mayan, Indus Valley, Mesopotamian and Chinese; Archaeology in action, case study on origins of rice farming in Southeast Asia; Archaeology and the public, Archaeological Ethics, the uses of the past, conservation and destruction, presentation of the past.


    1. C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, Archaeology, Thames and Hudson, London,2008.

    2. A. Toynbee, A Study of History, Thames and Hudson, London,1988.


    1. C. Gamble, Archaeology: the basics, Routledge, New York, 2004.

    2. C.J.Whithrow, Time in History: views of time from Prehistory to the present day, O.U.P, Oxford, 1988.