Explaining social change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew

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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 2004 - 239 pages
Over the past 30 years, social archaeology has become one of the central fields of archaeological research, placing human societies at the heart of our understanding of the human past. Colin Renfrew has been a key champion of social archaeology and the present volume brings together a series of papers on the occasion of his retirement. They have been written by colleagues and former students, and touch upon many of the themes that he himself has studied and about which he has written so persuasively and engagingly; the development of the human mind, trade and exchange, social change, chiefdoms and states, and the archaeology of island societies. These studies focus not on earlier work, however, but reveal the new directions that have developed in recent years, bringing the study of social archaeology firmly into the twenty-first century.

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John Cherry is former keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe in the British Museum. He is the author of Medieval Decorative Art and Goldsmiths and editor of The British Museum Book of Mythical Beasts.

Chris Scarre is Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He is author of such works as Timelines of the Ancient World and Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology, and is also an editor of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. He has directed
excavations at several sites in France and has participated in fieldwork in Britain and the Aegean. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

Stephen Shennan is Director of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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