Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology in the Modern World / Edition 1

Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology in the Modern World / Edition 1

by Jeremy A Sabloff
     
 

ISBN-10: 159874089X

ISBN-13: 9781598740899

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Left Coast Press

Archaeology is perceived to study the people of long ago and far away. How could archaeology matter in the modern world? Well-known archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff points to ways in which archaeology might be important to the understanding and amelioration of contemporary problems. Though archaeologists have commonly been associated with efforts to uncover cultural

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Archaeology is perceived to study the people of long ago and far away. How could archaeology matter in the modern world? Well-known archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff points to ways in which archaeology might be important to the understanding and amelioration of contemporary problems. Though archaeologists have commonly been associated with efforts to uncover cultural identity, to restore the past of underrepresented peoples, and to preserve historical sites, their knowledge and skills can be used in many other ways. Archaeologists help Peruvian farmers increase crop yields, aid city planners in reducing landfills, and guide local communities in tourism development and water management. This brief volume, aimed at students and other prospective archaeologists, challenges the field to go beyond merely understanding the past and actively engage in making a difference in the today’s world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598740899
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Series:
Key Questions in Anthropology Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
151
Sales rank:
222,769
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     10
Preface     11
Acknowledgments     12
The Importance of the Past for the Present     15
Lessons from the Past?     33
How Can the Prospects for a Sustainable World Be Improved?     47
Is Warfare Inevitable?     59
Why Cities?     69
What Can Be Done to Preserve the World's Historical Heritage?     79
Future Directions     93
Epilogue     103
Following Up the Book's Themes: An Introductory Guide     111
Notes     119
References     127
Index     145
About the Author     151

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