Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

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Archaeology is a vast subject—it is the study of human society everywhere in the world, from distant human origins 3-4 million years ago up to the present day. The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology brings together 35 authors—all specialists in their own fields—to explain what archaeology is really about. This is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the subject and of the key debates ever attempted. It is designed to open up the world of archaeology to non-specialists and to provide an essential starting point for those who want to pursue particular topics in more depth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199271016
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/22/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1184
  • Sales rank: 1,032,965
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has excavated widely in Britain, the Channel Islands, France, and Spain, and written a number of books on archaeology, including Facing the Ocean (OUP, 2001) and The Celts (OUP, 2003). He has presented many radio and television programmes and is currently Trustee of the British Museum and Commissioner of English Heritage.

Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He has excavated in Britain, Europe, Central Asia, and Papua New Guinea, and has written a number of books on archaeology and museum studies, including Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2003).

Rosemary A. Joyce is Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Barry Cunliffe
1. The Name and Nature of Archaeology
The discipline of archaeology, Kristian Kristiansen
The formative century, 1860-1960, Robin Boast
The theoretical scene, 1960-2000, Matthew H. Johnson
Into the future, Andy Jones
Technologies, Marcia-Anne Dobres
2. Tools of the Trade
Measuring the passage of time, achievements and challenges in archaeological dating, A. M. Pollard
Human activity in a spatial context, Gary Lock
Data collection by excavation, Roger White
Mastering materials, M. S. Tite
3. Early Humans
The nature of humanness, Jonathan Marks
Early hominids, Nicholas Toth & Kathy Schick
The emergence of Home sapiens sapiens, William Davies
The Neanderthals, Paul Pettitt
Peopling the world, Steven Mithen
4. Strategies for Survival
Hunters and gatherers, Peter Mitchell
Early farming and domestication, Graeme Barker
Studying diet, Robert Hedges
5. Complex Societies and the Formation of Early States
Cultural complexity, Ian Morris
Trade and interaction, Robin Skeates
China: state formation and urbanization, Li Liu
Mesoamerica, Elizabeth M. Brumfiel
The central Andean region in prehistory, Terence N. D'Altroy
6. Some Regional Overviews
The Mediterranean and its hinterland, Cyprian Broodbank
The archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa: an overview, Innocent Pikirayi
Pre-Islamic Central Asia, Georgina Herrmann
The Circumpolar zone, Bryan C. Hood
East Asia, S. Nelson
Australasia, Lesley Head, Harry Allen, Tim Denham & Richard Fullagar
Pacific Islands, Chris Gosden
North America, Charles R. Cobb & Randall H. McGuire
South American archaeology, P. P. Funari, A. Zarankin & E. Stovel
7. Issues and Debates
Indigenous voices and repatriation, Jonathan Williams
Sex and gender, Roberta Gilchrist
Archaeological representation: the consumption and creation of the past, Stephanie Moser
Community archaeology, Yvonne Marshall

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