Adventures in Archaeology

Adventures in Archaeology

by Tom McGowen

Discusses some of the discoveries made by archeologists around the world, including mummies found in Denmark and the sophisticated ancient city of Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan.  See more details below


Discusses some of the discoveries made by archeologists around the world, including mummies found in Denmark and the sophisticated ancient city of Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan.

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VOYA - Debbie Earl
All of us feel kinship with archeologists when we find or view historical artifacts and wonder about their origin and purpose. Although both these books present overviews for students interested in the subject, the books are aimed at different readers. Part of the Scientific American Sourcebooks series, the first title is a general summary of archeology for junior high school students. Starting with an explanation of what archeologists do, the book then surveys discoveries made over the years, focusing on lost cities, vanished empires, tombs, graves, bodies, and written records. A timeline of events, beginning with the discovery of Herculaneum in 1709 and culminating in 1995 with the unearthing of a two-hundred-year-old American battle site, is included. Photographs and illustrations enliven the text. Occasionally, a bordered anecdote gives the human side to a particular event. The bibliography, though brief, is up-to-date and presents material on varied subjects. The second title is a more sophisticated, detailed summary for high school students. Again, an overview of archeology is presented, followed by chapters on subjects often used for reports: the Ice Age, Stonehenge, Ancient Pompeii and Egypt, and the Vikings. A section on ethnoarcheology explains how scientists study present peoples to attempt to understand the past. The Garbage Project of the USA, an attempt to look at current American life through the study of rubbish, is also given coverage. There are more illustrations, photographs, maps, and tables in this book than the first. For example, the Scientific American discusses Pompeii and includes a picture of an Etruscan wall painting. The Oxford title, when discussing Pompeii, includes a map and pictures of the excavated town and its streets, mosaics, and houses, and provides a detailed explanation of how scientists made plaster casts of ashy human remains. I was surprised the Oxford title did not include a bibliography. If you have limited funds, choose the Oxford title for the wealth of well-illustrated material contained within. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Adventures in Archaeology, and The Young Oxford Book of Archaeology. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8This attractive and accessible book presents basic information about the history of archaeology around the world, up to 1995. Although McGowen states that there is more to this science than the study of sites in Egypt, Italy, or Greece, the emphasis here remains on spectacular finds in Egypt and the Middle East. Mentions are made of sites in China, Africa, and the Americas, but they are not discussed at length. Each of the four chapters discusses a different approach that has led to archaeological discoveries, such as ancient written languages that had to be decoded before revealing their information, or what has been learned by studying mummified human remains from around the world. Excellent-quality full-color photographs, reproductions, and drawings add to readers' understanding, although some are not placed adjacent to the information they illustrate. Frequent sidebars provide additional interesting tangential facts and anecdotes. One map is included; it covers the area from Greece to India and shows the location of some of the ancient cities and kingdoms and modern countries. An appealing introduction to the world of archaeology.Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Scientific American Sourcebooks Series
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.47(d)
1260L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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