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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.
A brief synopsis, distilled from Thomas' Archaeology (1989), of contemporary archaeology as taught and practiced in American universities. Pivots on the work of eight archaeologists to present a highly personal account of the field. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author
Robert L. Kelly began collecting arrowheads in farmers' fields when he was 10 years old. He has participated in archaeological research since 1973, when he was a sophomore in high school. He has worked on excavations in North and South America and conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar. He currently is conducting research into the Paleo-Indian archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and a past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Kelly has published nearly 100 articles and books, including the 1996 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book THE FORAGING SPECTRUM: DIVERSITY IN HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETIES. Dr. Kelly has been a professor at the University of Wyoming since 1997.
David Hurst Thomas has served as Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1972. A specialist in Native American archaeology, Thomas discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost 16th- and 17th-century Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. He has led the long-term excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe (New Mexico) and recently returned to St. Catherine's Island for long-term archaeological exploration. A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian since 1989, Thomas has published extensively. His works include 100 papers and 30 books — most recently, the bestselling Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and The Battle for Native American Identity. Archaeologist Thomas likes "old stuff," including his 1961 Corvette, his 130-year-old house, and the Oakland Raiders.
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.