Archaeology: Down to Earth / Edition 3

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Overview

This new brief edition pairs two of archaeology's most recognized names— David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History and Robert L. Kelly of the University of Wyoming-to bring a passionate, down-to-earth introduction to archaeological method and theory to the classroom. Designed both for students who intend on pursuing a career in archaeology, as well as those who do not, the authors give students a more immediate, concrete impression of what the practice of archaeology is all about. They include well-chosen examples that show how archaeologists have worked through actual problems in the field and in the lab. After using this text, students will be better able to ask questions, solve problems, and discern "truth" from "fiction." Students will not only learn about the nature of archaeological data and how archaeologists do such things as archaeological survey and excavation, they will also develop their sense of scientific logic and gain a better understanding of what career opportunities are available for archaeologists. This edition is enhanced with new pedagogical features, many more photos and a completely new design to help students prioritize and learn the material presented. A rich array of supplemental resources includes a new companion website, as well as the option to use a new CD-ROM, DOING FIELDWORK: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DEMONSTRATIONS also developed by the authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495008583
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/6/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

David Thomas has served since 1972 as Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. A specialist in Native American archaeology, Thomas discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost 16th- and 17th-century Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. Since 1998, he has led the excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe, New Mexico. A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian since 1989, he has published extensively, including 100 papers and 30 books most recently, the best-selling SKULL WARS: KENNEWICK MAN, ARCHAEOLOGY, AND THE BATTLE FOR NATIVE AMERICAN IDENTITY. David is currently the head Principle Investigator for excavations in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As an archaeologist, Thomas likes "old stuff," including his 1961 Corvette, his 120-year-old house, and the Oakland Raiders.

Robert Kelly began collecting arrowheads in farmers' fields when he was 10 years old, and has participated in archaeological research since 1973 when he was a high school sophomore. He has worked on excavations in North and South America and conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar. He is currently conducting research into the Paleoindian archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and a past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Kelly has published nearly 100 articles and books, including the 1996 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book THE FORAGING SPECTRUM: DIVERSITY IN HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETIES. Dr. Kelly has been Professor at the University of Wyoming since1997.

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Table of Contents

1. Meet Some Real Archaeologists.
2.The Structure of Archaeological Inquiry.
3.Doing Fieldwork: Surveying for Archaeological Sites.
4.Doing Fieldwork: Why Archaeologists Dig Square Holes.
5.Chronology Building: How to Get a Date.
6.The Dimensions of Archaeology: Time, Space, and Form.
7.Taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology, and Ethnoarchaeology.
8.People, Plants, and Animals in the Past .
9.Bioarchaeological Approaches to the Past.
10.Reconstructing Social and Political Systems of the Past.
11.The Archaeology of the Mind.
12.Historical Archaeology: Insights on American History.
13.Caring for America's Cultural Heritage. Glossary. Bibliography. Photo Credits.
Index.

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