Historical Archaeology / Edition 2by Charles E. Orser
Pub. Date: 12/30/2003
Significantly revised and expanded, the second edition of this popular book provides a short, readable introduction to historical archaeology. Stressing a global perspective, it shows that this subject has real importance to understanding the world in which we live today. This comprehensive book also includes a look at career prospects in the field for interested readers. The overall approach is descriptive and explanatory: it describes fundamental principles, the history of the field, and basic definitions; moves through methods and discusses topics such as time and space, historical artifacts, survey, and excavation; and then presents basic archaeological theories and research. For readers interested in historical archaeology, a rapidly expanding field that has been recently conducted on every continent in the world.
Table of Contents1. What Is Historical Archaeology?
2. A Brief History of Historical Archaeology.
3. Historical Culture and Historical Sites.
4. Historical Artifacts.
5. Time and Space.
6. Historical Site Survey and Location.
7. Pre-Excavation Fieldwork: Documents, Interviews, Buildings.
8. Archaeological Fieldwork: Field and Laboratory.
9. Explaining the Historical Past.
10. The Archaeology of Groups.
11. Historical Archaeology Around the World.
12. The Past in the Present.
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