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List of Illustrations Preface and acknowledgements 1. Introduction: An archaeologist's sense of the past Part 1 In the Company of Placemaking People 2. In Charles Newton's Shadow: Searching for Demeter at Knidos 3. Wim van Es and the Discovery of the Dutch 'Troy', Dorestad 4. Johnny Mitchell and San Vincenzo al Volturno's First Saint 5. Riccardo and Quinto - Place-making at 'Lost' Tuscan villages 6. Breakfast with Colin Renfrew 7. Reviewing Lisa Fentress at Alatri 8. With Giussy Nicolini where the Blue Begins 9. Remembering Albanian Heroines Part 2 Finding the senses Hearing 10. Boreal Butrint and its Golden Oriels 11. Sublimity: Hidden in the Togate's Folds 12. Fireworks at Copan Sight 13. Seeing beyond Sparta: Mistra 14. Sights and sanctuary at Saranda 15. Cavernous Spectacles of Colour: S. Michele at Olevano and the Crypt of the Original Sin 16. A Renaissance Dream House at Visegrad Smell 17. The smell of the Desert: Doha and Al Zubarah 18. Smelling Spices in Sana'a 19. The Disturbing Scent of Gold - Rosia Montana, Transylvania Taste 20. Tuscan Cooking Classes and S.Pietro d'Asso 21. Red Mullet and Retsina on Aegina 22. The taste of Key Lime Pie Touch 23. Touching 'Gold' in Gordion 24. In touch with Rome's Ex-pat dead: Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery 25. Bunga bunga? Index

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A memoir of travels by an eminent archaeologist and historian.

About the Author

Richard Hodges OBE, is President of The American University of Rome, Italy. He is the editor of the Debates in Archaeology series; and his many publications include The Archaeology of Mediterranean Placemaking (Bloomsbury 2016) and Dark Age Economics (Bloomsbury 2012). He has previously been Scientific Director the Butrint Foundation and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, USA, and writes widely for magazines.


Hodges claims that he became an archaeologist "to travel to the past". Here is a wonderful and intriguing collection of his postcards from that journey. An insider's view of archaeology for the curious! -- Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, Cambridge University, UK
Travels with an Archaeologist takes us on a magical mystery tour through some of the world's most fascinating ancient places and landscapes, in the company of one of my generation's most influential as well as charismatic archaeologists. Along the way we meet many of the exotic band of excavators who have made these places so special for understanding not just our past but who we are today. -- Graeme Barker, Disney Professor of Archaeology Emeritus, University of Cambridge, UK
From Albania to Yemen, Hodges has written an immensely readable book that will inspire the archaeologist in all of us. Part travelogue, part historical account, he shares his experiences with some of the most fascinating characters and sites of our times. Travels with an Archaeologist is a sensory adventure full of scholarly insights and wry observations gathered together over a remarkable career in archaeology. -- Lynn Meskell, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University, USA
In Travels with an Archaeologist, a series of sophisticated, endearing, and sometimes provocative essays, Hodges pays tribute to professors and mentors, leading specialists of their generation, who introduced him to and then guided him throughout his career. A misplaced assumption suggesting that an archaeological dig is isolating or dull is turned over from the first pages. Hodges delights in the colleagues, students, and local on-site workers who are caught up in the excitement and joy of those treasures, at least in the eye of the beholders, revealed by their hard work and enthusiasm. * Manhattan Book Review *

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