Archaeology: Down to Earth / Edition 5

Archaeology: Down to Earth / Edition 5

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by Robert L. Kelly, David Hurst Thomas
     
 

David Hurst Thomas presents a welcome alternative to the third person accounts found in archaeology texts on the market, with his passionate, down-to-earth introduction to archaeological method and theory. By including his own fieldwork among the many examples, the author with a voice gives students real insights into the practice of archaeology. This text emphasizes… See more details below

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David Hurst Thomas presents a welcome alternative to the third person accounts found in archaeology texts on the market, with his passionate, down-to-earth introduction to archaeological method and theory. By including his own fieldwork among the many examples, the author with a voice gives students real insights into the practice of archaeology. This text emphasizes the importance of seeking multiple perspectives and explanations to understand the past. The author's vast experience discovering and excavating hundreds of archaeological sites provides students with an exciting look at the practice of archaeology today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133608646
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
597,686
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1.What Is Archaeology
2.Anthropology, Science, and the Humanities
3.Chronology Building: How to Get a Date
4.Chronology Building: Low-Level Archaeological Theory in Action
5.Fieldwork: Why Archaeologists Walk Straight Lines and Dig Square Holes
6.Middle-Range Research: Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology
7.How People Get Their Groceries: Reconstructing Human Subsistence and Ecology
8.Some Bioarchaeological Perspectives on the Past
9.Understanding Social Systems of the Past
10.General Theory in Archaeology: Some Neo-Evolutionary Approaches
11.An Archaeology of the Human Mind
12.Archaeology in the Twenty-first Century. Bibliographic Essay. Credits. References Cited.
Index.

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