Stephen Leach

A Russian Perspective on Theoretical Archaeology

The Life and Work of Leo S. Klejn

Left Coast Press 2015

Books ReceivedBooks Received: ArchaeologyBooks Received: BiographyBooks Received: Russian and Eurasian Studies May 14, 2016

Both the work and the life of Leo S. Klejn, Russias foremost archaeological theorist, remain generally unrecognized by Western scholars. Until now. In this...

Both the work and the life of Leo S. Klejn, Russias foremost archaeological theorist, remain generally unrecognized by Western scholars. Until now. In this biography and summary of his work, Stephen Leach outlines Klejn’s wide-ranging theoretical contributions on the place and nature of archaeology. The book details Klejn’s diverse work on ethnogenesis, migration, Homeric studies, pagan Slavic religion, homosexuality, and the history of archaeology;-his life challenges as a Russian Jewish scholar, jailed for homosexuality by the KGB and for his challenges to Marxist dogma;-his key contributions to theoretical archaeology and, in particular, Klejn’s comparisons between archaeologists and forensic scientists.

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