100 Great Archaeological Discoveriesby Paul G. Bahn
Amazing discoveries such as the tomb of Tutankhamen, the buried city of Pompeii, the cave of Lascaux, and the Terracotta Army may be the headline grabbers, but archaeology is not just about rich burials and treasure, or pharaohs, emperors, and kings. The real thrill of archaeology is the way in which it has unearthed the everyday lives of our ancestors, ordinary people not unlike ourselves. Any given discoveryfrom a fragment of fossilized bone to a shard of potteryhas the potential to radically alter our picture of the past.
This beautifully illustrated volume presents 100 of the world's greatest archaeological discoveriesfrom rock art to tattooed ice maidens, from mammoth bone houses to Assyrian palaces, from fossil hominids to writing systems, and from caves to shipwrecks. And with the growing battery of tools and techniques, who knows what will be revealed about our past in the years ahead? 300 color & b&w illus. 256 pp.
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This book is a fascinating passport into the past. The clothing, tools and crafts far surpass in skill and detail that a modern person would expect of ¿primitive¿ times. Concrete bathhouses in the 2nd century AD, intricately tattooed people from 400 BC, a thirty foot stone tower built with an internal staircase created 9,000 years ago and ground ovens over 30,000 years old are just a few of the items left behind by our ancestors. Mankind ever moves forward, our wealth not based on gold and silver, but the work and discoveries of those that have gone before. This book gives the combination to the vault of history and lets us take a moment to admire its contents. Beautifully illustrated, the book is able to be read in short bursts with two or three pages devoted to each discovery. Skim for the headliners, such as Tutankhamen¿s tomb, then go back and read the rest of the articles. You will be amazed at how far we have come.
I browsed through it in the bookstore yesterday. I was glad to see they had the Ulu Burun ahipwreck in it since I know the guys who did the work and know its significance. Unfortunately the editors placed the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at the University of Texas when it really is at Texas A & M University. I hope the rest of the book is more accurate.