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Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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This entertaining Very Short Introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology - a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebble tools to satellite photographs, from excavation to abstract theory, archaeology interacts with nearly every other discipline in its attempts to ...
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Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

This entertaining Very Short Introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology - a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebble tools to satellite photographs, from excavation to abstract theory, archaeology interacts with nearly every other discipline in its attempts to reconstruct the past.

In this new edition, Paul Bahn brings the text up to date, including information about new discoveries and interpretations in the field, and highlighting the impact of developments such as the potential use of DNA and stable isotopes in teeth, as well the effect technology and science are having on archaeological exploration.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Acclaim for the first edition:

"A quite brilliant and level-headed look at the curious world of archaeology."
--Barry Cunliffe, Oxford University, author of Europe Between the Oceans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606380
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/24/2000
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 873,641
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Paul Bahn is a freelance writer, translator, and broadcaster in archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries magazine, vice-president of the Easter Island foundation, and corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Origins and Development of Archaeology 8
2 Making a Date 16
3 Technology 22
4 How Did People Live? 29
5 How Did People Think? 39
6 Settlement and Society 51
7 How and Why Did Things Change? 61
8 Minorities and Sororities 71
9 Presenting the Past to the Public 82
10 The Future of the Past 91
Further Reading 99
Index 101
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