Welcome to the world of archaeology.

Introducing Archaeology provides a broad introduction to archaeology as it is practiced in the twenty-first century. It focuses on the practical aspects of research, such as how projects are designed, what methods are used in the field and laboratory work, and how archaeologists make interpretations. It is also about how archaeology is situated in the contemporary world outside colleges and universities, such as in industry, and how it is related to global social movements, politics, popular culture, and real-world problem solving. Find out more »

Robert J. Muckle is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada. He has been practicing, writing about, and teaching archaeology for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience directing projects within the realms of commercial archaeology, Indigenous archaeology, prehistoric, and historic archaeology. He is the author of Indigenous Peoples of North America and editor of Reading Archaeology: An Introduction, both published by University of Toronto Press.

Short excerpts from Introducing Archaeology can be found on Twitter @Archaeologytext.

What People are Saying

  • “Whether it's an archaeology of five minutes ago, or thousands of years distant, Muckle clearly explains how archaeologists think, all the while managing to keep the 'romance' intact.” — Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • “Muckle has written a textbook that conveys all of the excitement, uncertainty, and deep insight that accompanies that wonderful and complicated thing we call archaeology.” — Jason De Leon, University of Michigan
  • “The writing style and reasonable price are enough to recommend the book, but I use this text in my first-year class because, unlike most introductory texts, it emphasizes the social context of archaeology.” — Lisa Hodgetts, Western University