The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

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This is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume account of archaeology from the earliest discoveries to the great excavations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lavishly illustrated throughout and global in scope, it tells the story of those explorations which have helped shape our knowledge of the past. From early digging in Greece and the Near East, through the part played by archaeology in the 'discovery' of the Americas, to the unearthing of sites in Africa, Scandinavia, the former Soviet ...

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Overview

This is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume account of archaeology from the earliest discoveries to the great excavations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lavishly illustrated throughout and global in scope, it tells the story of those explorations which have helped shape our knowledge of the past. From early digging in Greece and the Near East, through the part played by archaeology in the 'discovery' of the Americas, to the unearthing of sites in Africa, Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union, and Australasia, the book describes individual events as part of a connected narrative amounting to a thorough history of the subject for general readers. It is the first general history of archaeology written by a team of specialists and the first history to cover every part of the world. The book is complete with time-period charts, lists of archaeological events, and a full index.

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A richly detailed account of archaeological exploration from medieval times to now. Worldwide in scope and copiously illustrated, this reference makes fascinating reading.
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An account of the history of archaeology for general readers, examining the field's hoaxes and wrong-turns as well as spectacular discoveries and the progress of ideas. Discusses prominent sites and archaeologists, current controversies such as conflicts between aboriginal peoples and archaeologists, and future trends. Contains color and b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521669467
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/1999
  • Series: History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Archaeology of Archaeology 1
2 Old Worlds and New, 1500-1760 21
3 Antiquarians and Explorers, 1760-1820 48
4 Science and Romanticism, 1820-1860 80
5 The Search for Human Origins, 1860-1920 116
6 Archaeology Comes of Age, 1920-1960 196
7 New Techniques and Competing Philosophies, 1960-1990 280
8 Current Controversies and Future Trends 352
A Chronology of Archaeology from 1500 376
Further Reading 379
Picture Acknowledgements 380
Index 381
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