Principles of Archaeology

T. Douglas Price, Kelly Knudson

An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologists

Methods can be difficult to teach in the classroom, with many instructors struggling to devise practical ways to help students understand how archaeologists work. Principles of Archaeology makes its mark by helping students learn by doing archaeological projects, by clear chapter-by chapter coverage of each archaeological method, and through videos that explore different aspects of archaeological practice, including scientific concepts and ethical considerations.

Now in its second edition, Principles of Archaeology has been thoroughly updated, with particular emphasis on making the student archaeological projects more accessible and the e-media more engaging. 


T. Douglas Price


T. Douglas Price is Weinstein Professor Emeritus of European Archaeology and the retired Director of the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently an honorary professor in the Department of Material Culture and History in the Section for Prehistory at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is the author or editor of more than 200 articles and fifteen books.

Kelly Knudson


Kelly J. Knudson is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the Director of the Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory at Arizona State University. She is a member of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research. She has specialized in archaeological science and the archaeology and bioarchaeology of Andean South America for more than twenty years, and has published more than sixty peer-reviewed articles.