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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.
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.