This is the kind of book which can seriously deplete a reviewer's stock of superlatives. Without doubt The Discovery of the Past is a major contribution to the history of archaeology, matched only by Trigger's A History ofArchaeological Thought in its coverage and intellectuality. It is also a very thoughtful addition to what is a very small literature devoted to the historiography of archaeology.
How to Cite:
Murray, T., (1997). The Discovery of the Past, by Alain Schnapp 1997, Abrams, New York. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology. 7(2), pp.37–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.07205