Normal font archaeology could be described as the study of everything in the past. People, animals, plants, weather, war, peace, food, clothing, art, architecture, beliefs and ideas - you name it, and some archaeologists, somewhere, are studying it. They may be on their knees in a muddy trench painstakingly uncovering a pot, or some human bones. They may be operating the most state-of-the-art computer equipment, CAT scanners and electron scanning microscopes or they may be surveying the ground from planes. They may be in a museum, carefully cataloguing the most precious - or ordinary! - relics of the past. This book aims to convey the importance, the variety and the excitement of archaeology.
John Orna-Ornstein is a curator in the Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum. He is the author of the prize-winning children's book The Story of Money (BMP 1997