Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice / Edition 2

Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice / Edition 2

by Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0500289123

ISBN-13: 9780500289129

Pub. Date: 04/15/2011

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

This abridged version of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn’s best-selling textbook, Archaeology, has all the authority of the longer edition, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to the subject for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation.

Overview

This abridged version of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn’s best-selling textbook, Archaeology, has all the authority of the longer edition, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to the subject for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation.

Long-established techniques as well as exciting new methods are carefully explained as the authors describe the ways in which archaeologists seek to interpret the remote past of humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500289129
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 8

The nature and aims of archaeology

1 The Searchers 14

The history of archaeology

2 What Is Left? 36

The variety of the evidence

3 Where? 62

Survey and excavation of sites and features

4 When? 106

Dating methods and chronology

5 How Were Societies Organized? 142

Social archaeology

6 What Was the Environment and What Did They Eat? 176

Environment, subsistence, and diet

7 How Were Artifacts Hade, Used, and Distributed? 210

Technology, trade, and exchange

8 What Were They Like? 234

The bioarchaeology of people

9 What Did They Think? 252

Cognitive archaeology

10 Why Did Things Change? 276

Explanation in archaeology

11 Whose Past? 298

Archaeology and the public

12 The Future of the Past 316

Managing our heritage

Glossary 338

Illustration Credits 344

Useful Websites 345

Index 345

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