A shelf of many books

CFPo: Books

A shelf of many books
Consideration. Photo by LollyKnit.

What book would you recommend to someone to get them thinking about archaeology in a new way? For August we’d like to know what you’d recommend for holiday reading. It needn’t be an archaeology book. It could even be fiction. All it needs to be is a book that you think deserves to be read. Entries can be long-book length discussions, we have the spare electrons, or they could be back of the book blurb length. Whatever it is, if you liked it we want to hear about it.

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Alun Salt

Alun Salt is an ancient historian / archaeologist based in the University of Leicester, UK. His PhD thesis was an archaeoastronomical analysis of Greek temple alignments in Sicily. He also has an MPhil in World Archaeology. His research interests include ancient technology, cosmology and colonisation processes. He is currently dividing his time between a few part-time jobs in the university and at the Annals of Botany.

4 thoughts on “CFPo: Books”

  1. ‘The Lucky Strike’ by Kim Stanley Robinson is an interesting work. As a Sci-Fi writer, Robinson isn’t really thinking about archaeology per se. The book itself contains a bit of short fiction based on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The story is followed by both an interview, and a shorter theoretical piece called ‘A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions’. In this, he works through agency and time in some pretty interesting ways, that if nothing else, gave me pause to reconsider my thinking regarding those phenomena in my own work.

  2. Hey, do you do cross-posts? I was actually just working on a post about good archaeological (and bio anth and classical) books for kids. Would be happy to cross-post here and on my own blog.

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