Discovering Our Past A Brief Introduction to Archaeology

Author: Wendy Ashmore
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
ISBN: 9780077434250
Release Date: 2013-03-08
Genre: Social Science

Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology introduces students to the techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks of contemporary archaeology in a brief format. Adopted and streamlined from the authorsË hardcover text, Archaeology: Discovering Our Past, this book provides students with a variety of archaeological perspectives through comprehensive information on contemporary methods and theories. Illustrative examples and case studies represent a temporal and geographic balance of both Old and New World sites.

Discovering Our Past

Author: Wendy Ashmore
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 0072978821
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

This brief, inexpensive introduction to the techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks of contemporary archaeology follows the same organizing principle as the text Archaeology: Discovering Our Past but features less detail. Archaeological methods and theory are covered comprehensively--at a reasonable level of detail--in under 300 pages. Illustrative examples and case studies present a temporal and geographic balance of both Old and New World sites. Abundant student aids include maps of archaeological areas, extensive illustrations, chapter introductions and summaries, a guide to further reading at the end of each chapter, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Archaeology Discovering Our Past

Author: Wendy Ashmore
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 0767427270
Release Date: 2002-07-29
Genre: Social Science

This is the only textbook which is organized to follow the steps of the actual process of archaeological research in order to present the methods and theoretical frameworks of archaeology, from the planning and actual conduct of field research, to the different ways archaeological data is interpreted to produce an understanding of the past. It is also the only such textbook to give the reader a series of firsthand accounts of what its like to do archaeology, written by a variety of practicing archaeologists.

Skeletons in Our Closet

Author: Clark Spencer Larsen
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691092842
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science

The dead tell no tales. Or do they? This book shows that the dead can speak to us - about their lives, and ours - throught he remarkable insights of bioarchaeology, which reconstructs the lives and lifestyles of skeletal remains.

Linking to the Past

Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195331176
Release Date: 2007-11-21
Genre: History

Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology, Second Edition, offers an engaging introduction to the methods archaeologists use to reveal the human past. Employing an accessible and conversational writing style, Feder uses his students' field study of a three-thousand-year-old North American village site as the backdrop to illustrate how archaeologists find, recover, study, and interpret the material culture left behind by earlier peoples.

The Next Archaeology Workbook

Author: Nicholas David
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812212932
Release Date: 1989-11-01
Genre: History

This volume features exercises that allow students to use their knowledge of archaeological method and theory to deal with fictitious scenarios and data sets. The authors offer all new, inventive, and often witty problems that pose the same questions being tackled by archaeologists in the field today.

The Past in Perspective

Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199950733
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Social Science

Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, Sixth Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological overview of human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder introduces students to "the big picture"--the grand sweep of human evolutionary history--presenting the human past within the context of fundamental themes of cultural evolution. Written in a refreshingly accessible voice, this unique narrative personalizes the past and makes it relevant to today's students. Using a consistent chapter format--"Prelude, Chronicle, Issues and Debates, and Case Study Close-up"--Feder helps students master both what we definitely know and what is still debatable about the complex story of the human past. New to This Edition: An expanded discussion of techniques in the discovery, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological sites (Ch. 2) A new section on archaeological ethics Updated coverage of the earliest human settlement of the Pacific and in the New World (Ch. 7) A new "Issues and Debates" discussion: Was the Development of Civilization a Good Thing? (Ch. 10) Updated treatment of the Indus Valley and the development of the state in ancient China (Ch. 11) An expanded presentation of the Inca, including a new "Case Study Close-up" on child sacrifice (Ch. 13) A new "Case Study Close-up" (Ch. 14), organized to focus exclusively on North America

Maya Architecture

Author: Kenneth Treister
Publisher:
ISBN: 0813042461
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Architecture

A discussion of Maya buildings through the eyes of an architect.

Frauds Myths and Mysteries

Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190629657
Release Date: 2017-02-01
Genre:

Frauds, myths, and supposed mysteries about humanity's past are moving targets for anyone committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity. It is important for anyone interested in the human past to know, for example, that there is no evidence for a race of giant human beings in antiquity and no broken shards of laser guns under Egyptian pyramids. Debunking such nonsense is fun and useful in its own way, but more important is the process by which we determine that such claims are bunk. Now published by Oxford University Press, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology, Ninth Edition, uses interesting--and often humorous--archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can truly know things about the past through science. It is not just a book about how we know what isn't true about the human past-it's also about how we know what is true.

Ancient Lives

Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher:
ISBN: 1138188794
Release Date: 2016-08-01
Genre: Social Science

Focusing on sites of key significance and the world s first civilizations, Ancient Lives is an accessible and engaging textbook which introduces complete beginners to the fascinating worlds of archaeology and prehistory. Drawing on their impressive combined experience of the field and the classroom, the authors use a jargon-free narrative style to enliven the major developments of more than three million years of human life. First introducing the basic principles, methods and theoretical approaches of archaeology, the book then provides a summary of world prehistory from a global perspective, exploring human origins and the reality of life in the archaic world. Later chapters describe the development of agriculture and animal domestication and the emergence of cities, states, and pre-industrial civilizations in widely separated parts of the world. With this new edition updated to reflect the latest discoveries and research in the discipline, Ancient Lives continues to be a comprehensive and essential introduction to archaeology. "

Archaeology

Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317279136
Release Date: 2016-05-05
Genre: Social Science

Archaeology is a jargon-free and accessible introduction to the field which details how archaeologists study the human past in all its fascinating diversity. Now in its twelfth edition, this classic textbook has been updated to reflect the latest research and new findings in the field. Reflecting the global scope of the discipline, the book has a truly international coverage of important discoveries and sites from many corners of the globe. Individual chapters examine archaeology and its history, considering the role of the archaeologist and how they discover, investigate and classify sites and artifacts. This journey through archaeology also includes a discussion of important individuals and groups, and some of the ways in which archaeologists attempt to explain major social and cultural changes in the remote past. Archaeology ends with an outline of the complex world of cultural resource management and gives invaluable advice on how to become an archaeologist. Richly illustrated throughout, this popular and engaging textbook on archaeological methods has introduced generations of students to the captivating world of archaeology.

Marine Biology A Very Short Introduction

Author: Philip V. Mladenov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199695058
Release Date: 2013-09-26
Genre: Science

In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a fascinating overview of marine biology. Including a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, he outlines the principles of marine biology whilst demonstrating the fundamental impact humans have on the oceans and their ecology.

The Uses of Style in Archaeology

Author: Margaret Wright Conkey
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 0521445760
Release Date: 1993-06-25
Genre: Social Science

This book brings together essays that illustrate the different uses and interpretations of style in archaeology. Style is a widely discussed and controversial issue, which has always been central for archaeological interpretation. The collection considers the history of style in archaeology, its relationship to the concept of style in art history and how stylistic analyses will differ according to different initial assumptions. The essays show how stylistic interpretation works at different levels and they debate stylistic terminologies and concepts. Although these essays show that there is no unified theory of style, they underline the importance of continuing creative discussion through different themes and individual case studies.

The Secret Cave

Author: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780374366940
Release Date: 2010-09-14
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Recounts the true story of how four boys looking for buried treasure in the south of France in 1940 stumbled upon something much more valuable--a sealed cave whose walls were covered with prehistoric paintings and engravings. By the illustrator of the Caldecott Medal winner, Mirette on the High Wire.

Archaeology of Knowledge

Author: Michel Foucault
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415287524
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Philosophy

In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.