Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods and Practice / Edition 1

Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods and Practice / Edition 1

by Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 050028637X

ISBN-13: 9780500286371

Pub. Date: 03/26/2007

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

An abridged version of the bestselling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it.
This new volume has all the authority of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn's groundbreaking guide to all aspects of archaeology, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to archaeology for those new to the field. No other book of this

Overview

An abridged version of the bestselling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it.
This new volume has all the authority of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn's groundbreaking guide to all aspects of archaeology, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to archaeology for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation.
Long-established techniques are carefully explained as well as exciting new methods as the authors describe the ways in which archaeologists seek to explain and interpret the remote past of humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500286371
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Edition description:
Abridged Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     7
Introduction: The nature and aims of archaeology     8
The Searchers: The history of archaeology     12
What is Left?: The variety of the evidence     36
Where?: Survey and excavation of sites and features     58
When?: Dating methods and chronology     96
How Were Societies Organized?: Social archaeology     130
What Was the Environment? What Did They Eat?: Environment, subsistence, and diet     162
How Were Artifacts Made, Used, and Distributed?: Technology, trade, and exchange     194
What Did They Think? What Were They Like?: Cognitive archaeology and the archaeology of people     218
Why Did Things Change?: Explanation in archaeology     246
Whose Past?: Archaeology and the public     268
Glossary     290
Illustration Credits     296
Index     297

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