Barbarians wins SAA Book Award

We are delighted to announce that Barbarians by Peter Bogucki has won the 2018 Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Book Award in the Popular category.

At the Annual Meeting of the SAA, the society said: ‘Peter Bogucki offers a concise and clearly written summary of the archaeology of “prehistoric” Europe in his book. The focus on less acknowledged European groups and their numerous complex lifeways serves as a counterpoint to the well-known ancient Greeks and Romans.’

The SAA annually awards two prizes to honor recently published books. One prize is for a book that has had, or is expected to have, a major impact on the direction and character of archaeological research. The other prize, the Popular category, is for a book that is written for the general public and presents the results of archaeological research to a broader audience.

In their praise of the book, the judges said: ‘The introduction in the book is particularly valuable for educating popular readers on the techniques of archaeology and it offers a brief account of its history in Europe. Subsequent creatively titled chapters include vivid descriptions of numerous sites and their inhabitants’ diverse cultural practices. The color photographs in the book were selected with great care and their quality is exceptional. This engaging book comes highly recommended for those who want to learn more about the ancestors of present-day Europeans.’

About the SAA

The Society for American Archaeology is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the America.

About the book

Beginning in the Stone Age and continuing through the collapse of the Roman empire in the west, The Barbarians describes the increasing complexity, technological accomplishments and distinctive practices of peoples who entered recorded history very late.