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The History of Archaeology: Great Excavations of the World
     

The History of Archaeology: Great Excavations of the World

by John Romer, Elizabeth Romer
 
The History of Archaeology traces the history of this science from its inception in eighteenth century Pompeii to the present day. With detailed text and hundreds of full-color photographs, it describes the scientific advances made by key figures, such as C. J. Thomsen; renowned personalities of archaeology, such as Giovanni Belzoni; and important events in

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The History of Archaeology traces the history of this science from its inception in eighteenth century Pompeii to the present day. With detailed text and hundreds of full-color photographs, it describes the scientific advances made by key figures, such as C. J. Thomsen; renowned personalities of archaeology, such as Giovanni Belzoni; and important events in archaeological history, such as the development of Carbon 14 dating by scientists in the 1950s. Each of the book's five sections describes the history of one of the basic themes in archaeology, including: The search for treasure trove
The search for the origins of humankind and civilization
The search for "scientific" proof of the truth of ancient writings and of holy scripture
The constant, continuing search for ancient pedigree for every modern nation and culture
The universal re-occurring question, "What were our ancestors really like?"

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VOYA
Romer presents an informative and fascinating account of the origins and history of archaeology, although not in chronological order. The work is divided into five sections that discuss the basic themes of archaeology. These themes reveal man's continual quest for knowledge about his ancestors and the origins of humankind, the search for treasure, scientific validation of ancient writings and holy scriptures, and the desire to verify a nation's ancestral lineage. Historians throughout Europe collected and catalogued relics, often keeping their findings to increase their personal wealth and prestige. Many of these acquisitions occurred purely by accident or by decree of kings or wealthy landowners seeking to increase their power. The unearthing of the theater and town of Herculaneum in 1736 Italy began what now is considered modern archaeology. The published accounts in 1748 of the discovery further encouraged wealthy European gentry, scholars, soldiers, vicars, and other adventurers to look for more buried treasure. Future expeditions revealed treasures in Egypt, Asia, and the Americas and evidence of prehistoric life in Europe and Africa. These major excavations from the late 1700s to 1980 highlight the tomb of King Tut, ancient cities of Jerusalem, pyramids in Mexico, and humanoid bones in France and Germany and preserved human footprints in Tanzania. Over the years, archaeology developed into a more structured discipline, using uniform classification systems and information-gathering techniques and Carbon 14 dating. Romer's informal but detailed descriptions and profuse color and black-and-white photos, prints, and charts make this a valuable reference for high school research. Index.Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA CODES:4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;For the YA with a special interest in the subject;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Checkmark Books/Facts on File, 216p, $35. Ages 15 to 18. Reviewer:Brenda Moses-Allen—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
Booknews
Romer (an archaeologist, formerly affiliated with the University of Chicago) traces the history of archaeology from its inception in eighteenth-century Pompeii to the present day. Each of the book's five sections describes the history of a basic theme in the discipline, including the search for treasure troves, the search for the origins of humankind and civilization, the search to verify ancient writings and scripture, the search for the origins of every modern nation and culture, and the quest to understand our ancestors. Photographs and engravings are prominently featured. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816046263
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1901
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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