Books : reviews

Brian M. Fagan, Peter Andrews.
Time Detectives: how scientists use modern technology to unravel the secrets of the past.
Touchstone. 1995

(pp33-64 missing; pp65-96 repeated)

Brian M. Fagan.
The Oxford Companion to Archaeology.
OUP. 1996

Brian M. Fagan.
The Little Ice Age: how climate made history 1300-1850.
Basic Books. 2000

Brian M. Fagan.
Grahame Clark: an intellectual biography of an archaeologist.
Westview. 2001

To chronicle the intellectual life of Grahame Clark (1907–1995) is to participate in the history of the discipline of archaeology, which Clark—almost single-bandedly at first—transformed from an antiquarian pastime based largely on artifact classification into a sophisticated study of the human past based on collaborations among scientists from many disciplines. Noted archaeology writer Brian Fagan, himself a former student of Clark’s at Cambridge University, assesses Clark’s pioneering efforts in economic and environmental prehistory. Out of the stultifying atmosphere of dull museum display cases, Clark redefined prehistoric archaeology as the study of ancient communities ceaselessly adapting to ever-changing environments. His famous excavation of the Stone Age hunter-gatherer site of Star Carr was a tour de force of environmental archaeology. Clark also broke British prehistory out of its entrenched provincialism to consider Britain within the context of Mesolithic Europe and, eventually, global prehistory. During Clark’s exceptionally long career, spanning well over half a century, the generations of students he trained colonized the world of archaeology and reshaped the discipline in Clark’s image.

Brian M. Fagan.
The Great Warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations.
Bloomsbury Press. 2008